Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

What happens when the surge protector erupts in flames?

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Is this right after the rapture or when the Mayan prophecies come to light?

Lets make up ridiculous scenarios to prove someone wrong.

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RE[5]: Umm...Build your own?
by Morgan on Fri 28th Sep 2012 00:17 in reply to "RE[4]: Umm...Build your own?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Hey, it happens. Several times I've seen cheap surge protectors do the opposite of what they are supposed to. I once did a service call where the Staples brand surge protector had melted, shorted itself and subsequently destroyed the power supply in the client's computer.

I've always told my clients, friends and coworkers to seek out a good UPS instead of a common surge protector for expensive electronics. You get a lot of added benefits like line conditioning (brownouts can cause damage too) and the obvious safe shutdown window. If you have Windows 7 or GNU/Linux with the proper drivers, your OS will treat the UPS as a built-in battery and give you health and status info as well.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I've seen this happen several times. Using government provided power in third world countries has its risks.

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RE[4]: Umm...Build your own?
by Neolander on Fri 28th Sep 2012 06:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Umm...Build your own?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

What happens when the surge protector erupts in flames?

Isn't it supposed to go to such lengths in order to protect your hardware ?

Don't have numbers in mind, but surely those must be much cheaper than 3 PCs.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

It would also be cheaper to just investigate and fix the problem, most likely. If you have three pcs going belly up due to bad electricity, surge protectors might not last very long. You;d always have to check the protection light on them to make sure they are still protecting the computers. Obviously there are things like power conditioners and the like that will do a better job at a higher cost. And those also like to erupt in flames at times.

Just asking an electrician to investigate would be a prudent first step.

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RE[5]: Umm...Build your own?
by zima on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 16:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Umm...Build your own?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

>What happens when the surge protector erupts in flames?
Isn't it supposed to go to such lengths in order to protect your hardware ?
Don't have numbers in mind, but surely those must be much cheaper than 3 PCs.

I don't know, that could end up quite costly - if the computer (room, house...) was, say, unattended at the time ;)

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