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We died

You may have heard about the weather we bin gettin here on the Pacific coast of Australia, but, then again, you may not. Whatever.

Yesterday we had a blackout. Whether it was down to the weather I don’t know, but there have been a few since the beginning of the year.

Anyway, this wasn’t a long blackout, and everything came back pretty toot sweet. Or, most of it did. The Cats firewall threw up all over the carpet and we all ceased counting while I cleaned up the mess.

I got on with the task of building a new one, from scratch.



  1. Schrodinger's Dog says:


    No need to apologise. Stuff happens.

    I’m just glad you’re still around. When your site went down, I was left wondering whether the men in black helicopters had finally come for you. :-)


  2. Paul Marks says:

    I hope you are O.K. Cats.

    I had better telephone my old friend Jeff (he lives not far from you) he is getting on years – and the black out (and so on) may have been a problem for him (especially as he lives right on the coast – Margate on the Redfern P.).

    When Cats went down I had no idea what was going on.

    Many thanks for explaining.

  3. RAB says:

    Why am I the only one to email Cats when the site crashes Kitty Counters?

    But definately not Cats fault this time. He is still the Maestro of Sealing wax and string… ;-)

  4. John Galt says:

    Not to criticise Cats technical efforts, but when I lived in an upmarket new development in the UK, we had a dodgy substation which meant repeated outages, most lasting only a few seconds, one or two lasting several hours. The outages were frequently associated with power spikes although whether this was cause or effect, I don’t know.

    After losing 1 wireless hub and 2 disk drives in 18-months, I purchased an small 1 KW external generator for the house and a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) for the office.

    Since then, I’ve never lost any equipment to power failure and most short outages (0-5 minutes) are covered by the UPS battery backup. The UPS has a USB cable plugged into my home office server telling it to shutdown cleanly if a power failure lasts more than 5-minutes. The server has BIOS settings telling it to turn itself back on at 08:00 hrs each day if it is shutdown – very useful.

    Given government idiocy over power supply and lack of investment in reliable nuclear technology (as opposed to Warble Gloaming related windmills), we’re all more likely to see brownouts, blackouts and general unreliability in our future.

    I know this is money that can better be spent elsewhere, but think of it as an investment now for more turbulent times.

    My apartment in Penang has never had a power cut, but I still have a deployable 60-watt solar array that can trickle charge car batteries in 8-hours, recharge a phone in 1-hour or provide continual power to run a laptop all day.

    I hope I don’t ever have to rely upon these backup technologies, but they are there if I need them.

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