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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
09/19/03: Disaster preparations
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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?
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
4) Get a car or truck battery and an automotive battery
charger and a cheap automotive 12 Volt to 110 Volt AC c
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
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!
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