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Bertho Boman <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > You are welcome! > > I have not had any problem here either so far even though I never unplug > anything. I have too many computers, servers and LANs running around here. > Some day, lightning is going to strike too close and I will have a problem. It > will induce voltages into every wire and if they are of significant lengths and > the connection unfavorable, there will be problems. I keep my fingers crossed. > > I am not against unplugging stuff, it is a good idea but it is not practical for > me with daily lightning during the summer months. I know the feeling. We don't have so much lightning up here (were you in Florida, lightning capital of the US?). I'm in Minnesota, and we have quite a few thunderstorms seasonally, not nearly daily though. I ran a BBS for 10 years, never took it down for weather (sometimes 1 phone line, sometimes 2, sometimes multiple computers too), never had weather-related damage. Currently my web server system is on full-time, and no weather-related damage (at home since October 1999). And my personal system has been on full-time (my info leads me to believe that shutting it off for less than 24 hours is more wear than letting it run, and I'm certainly never off it for that long at a stretch. Note: this info may now be out-of-date). So, with reasonable care (I have surge suppressors or UPS with spike filtering on everything, whole-house surge arrestor, phone line surge arrestors), systems can stay on full time and not have any trouble even through thunderstorms. On the other hand, a friend once lost a system because chips on his disk controller were literally blown open by a big surge! -- David Dyer-Bennet / Welcome to the future! / email@example.com SF: http://www.dd-b.net/dd-b/ Minicon: http://www.mnstf.org/minicon/ Photos: http://dd-b.lighthunters.net/ - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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