Backing up your work - part two...

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Dallas, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    I got to find out for real.. about a month ago a bolt of lightning hit
    the neighbour up the street. It hit his tree and burned a path into
    his house via outdoor lighting in that tree. They say it affected
    their DSL.


    I don't know if it was the same bolt, but it looks like a surge came up
    my DSL line (computer was unplugged from 115v), killed my motherboard,
    down a USB to kill the printer and out the back of the computer through
    an HDMI into my big flat screen in the living room. The hard drives
    survived.

    Just wanted everyone to know that it can happen.
     
    Dallas, Jun 23, 2012
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  2. Dallas

    Robert Coe Guest

    :
    : I got to find out for real.. about a month ago a bolt of lightning hit
    : the neighbour up the street. It hit his tree and burned a path into
    : his house via outdoor lighting in that tree. They say it affected
    : their DSL.
    :
    :
    : I don't know if it was the same bolt, but it looks like a surge came up
    : my DSL line (computer was unplugged from 115v), killed my motherboard,
    : down a USB to kill the printer and out the back of the computer through
    : an HDMI into my big flat screen in the living room. The hard drives
    : survived.
    :
    : Just wanted everyone to know that it can happen.

    It appears, from the equanimity wherewithal you describe the event, that your
    own backups were in order, even though you were lucky enough not to have to
    use them.

    Let all others take note. A word to the wise is sufficient. :^)

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jun 23, 2012
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  3. Dallas

    ray Guest

    A decent surge supressor should handle that. I remember about 25-30 years
    ago in the Commodore 64 club I belonged to that one of the members (a
    school teacher) had left a bunch of equipment plugged in over the week
    end. There was an electrical storm and the surge supressor was physically
    blown apart, but all the equipment was fine. What he had was a homemade
    job using an inexpensive power strip with three MOVs soldered across all
    the lines in pairs.
     
    ray, Jun 24, 2012
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  4. Dallas

    Dallas Guest


    I had a surge suppressor in the outlet that my computer was usually plugged
    into.

    As my computer wasn't plugged into it, I doubt it made any difference.
     
    Dallas, Jun 24, 2012
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  5. Dallas

    Robert Coe Guest

    :
    : I got to find out for real.. about a month ago a bolt of lightning hit
    : the neighbour up the street. It hit his tree and burned a path into
    : his house via outdoor lighting in that tree. They say it affected
    : their DSL.
    :
    :
    : I don't know if it was the same bolt, but it looks like a surge came up
    : my DSL line (computer was unplugged from 115v), killed my motherboard,
    : down a USB to kill the printer and out the back of the computer through
    : an HDMI into my big flat screen in the living room. The hard drives
    : survived.
    :
    : Just wanted everyone to know that it can happen.

    There are surge protectors that claim to be able to protect a phone line as
    well as 115v. Maybe one of those would spare you the problem next time. But
    shouldn't the DSL interface supplied by your service provider incorporate a
    surge protector?

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jun 24, 2012
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  6. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    You'd think... But that might cost .50 cents.

    When I put all this back together, you can bet I'll include a high dollar
    surge protector that includes a phone jack.
     
    Dallas, Jun 24, 2012
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