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Sorry, I must've dropped the plot somewhere. Yeah, CRT held on for absolutely forever. Then there's been a quick succession of contenders for replacements. I'm not really seeing anything unusual. The pace of progress (if you want to call it that) is quicker now for consumer electronics than it's ever been.
I was annoyed when we switched from CRT's to flat panels on our products. I kept trying to convince one of the hardware guys to give me a way to connect the CRT's high-voltage supply directly to the keyboard, under software control.
I've three UPS's at home - just enough power to see if the main lines are up again in a few minutes, meanwhile, a safe shutdown and no unfortunate reboots.
Meanwhile, at work, with a over-kill Xeon system I have no UPS at all. Not that I haven't asked. The server room has some (I hope!), but if I get a bad zap it'll cost an awful lot of time to reload the system (warranties only cover your hardware, after all - and that could really be the cheap part). No - I won't buy one myself for them. If they don't care, maybe I shouldn't either. Unlike them, I have no head for business decisions.
Well - once again, the request is in the system. We'll see if US$50 is still too much for them to spend. I will not be asking again after this.
Just did a "power fail" test on my UPS (to check the duration with the third monitor added) and
Not sure I understand that.
If you want to continue working, like for hours, when the power goes out then I suspect what you need is a full house back up generator.
If you just want time to shut down safely then you shouldn't be running extra monitors from the UPS at all. The extra drain reduces the time for a safe shutdown. And if you are away from the desk for a period of time and the power goes out then that extra time could be the time between when you loose the work and when the power comes back on.
Most of the time when the power fails here it goes out, and come back in 30 seconds, or up to a couple of minutes. Then when it comes back, it often drops out again within the hour. That, or it goes out until repair men can find and fix the cable a tree brought down.
The idea is that I have a UPS that can sustain things long enough to ease over the short outages, shut down the NAS (because that takes a minute or more to make sure it's happy when it closes) and have enough in reserve to cope when the power comes back and every thing powers up ready for the next one.
So I don't want to shut down immediately - I want to be able to use the internet to report the problem - I want to shut down after 5 or ten minutes, and "ride out" the "aftershocks" which are always short but annoying.
My PC, monitors (so I can see what I'm doing, they don't use a lot of power), NAS, and router are the only things on the UPS (which is a 2KVA)
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The other day I found an infinite loop in something running on my physical server in the corner of my office. I only noticed it because with a few cores maxed out the office was noticeably warmer than usual when I got home at the end of the day.