Surviving a Blackout: Get a UPS


This article is primarliy aimed at two groups of freelancers: Californians who have been experiencing massive power outages, and Minnesotans who live in my blackout-proned neighborhood.

In recent months I’ve had three major power outages lasting several hours each, plus a few minor ones. Twice, in order to meet deadlines, I’ve had to pack up my computer, drive across town, and set up a temporary studio at my mother-in-law’s house. She was very sweet for letting me impose on her, but it was an enormous hassle nonetheless. (Untangling a rat’s nest of computer cables in the dark is not what I would call fun.)

After the third outage in two months, I’d had enough. Read More