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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
09/19/03: Disaster preparations

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From Chris=== Dear Webby There has been all kinds of weird and wacky advice on how to prepare for the hurricane that will hit here shortly. What do YOU suggest? Chris Dear Chris 1) If you don't have one, get an external USB hard drive and put all your important stuff on it, including the compressed downloads for your software. 2) Put all your software CD's and other important CD's into an unsinkable fishing tackle box or small cooler with a latchng lid. Also put a flashlight in there. 3) Rent or borrow a laptop for a few days, or lease one from Dell for $24 a month. Or buy a Dell Inspiron laptop for $700. 4) Get a car or truck battery and an automotive battery charger and a cheap automotive 12 Volt to 110 Volt AC c onverter. NOTE: The most popular is the StatPower 650. It is cheap in automotive accessory stores, more expensive in electronics stores, even more expensive in computer stores, and totally outrageous in aircraft accessories stores. 5) Get a waterproof fluorescent 12 volt mechanics light. They float, use very little battery power, and provide surprisingly decent light. Put the battery, charger and converter, and light into a lockable or at lest latchable 10 or 15 gallon camping cooler. Put some d ry clothes into plastic bags and stuff them in there to keep the pieces from shifting. Also put a flashlight in there. You may have to go to the washroom. The reason for using such a large cooler is that a truck battery or car batteries are heavy. A larger cooler will float a lot higher in spite of the weight. A fully charged pick-up truck battery will power a laptop for more than a week. Preparations like that are not just in case the water level rises to your desktop. The same set-up will also work fine if you decide to put pontoons under your desk and raft down the Mississippi next spring. Don't forget your satellite modem! Have FUN! DearWebby
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