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DearWebby is actually Helmut Morscher, the CEO of Webby, inc.

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
09/21/03: Emergency Batteries

Tech Support Pits:
From Marti=== Dear Webby In your tip about preparing for a storm you mentioned using car batteries and stuff. Would it not be easier to just get half a dozen extra laptop batteries ? Marti Dear Marti You are absolutely right. If you have lots of advance notice and unlimited funds, then ordering half a dozen laptop batteries at $149 each is the easiest. If there is a danger of the power being out for more than 3 days, then better get a dozen. Just remember to budget one day per battery for the initial charging and conditioning. Also keep in mind that it may take a few weeks to get your particular brand of laptop battery. In reality though, you are much better off with a regular car, truck or boat battery and a simple automotive DC to AC converter. It has a cord that plugs into a cigarette lighter and usually also has alligator clips to go onto any battery. At the other end are regular household style outlets to plug in your laptop and printer. You CAN plug a regular desktop in there too, however those take a LOT more power. They have all kinds of fans in them to suck all the dust bunnies from the whole house into the computer and some mighty heaters to keep them warm. Just put a hand behind the computer and feel the hot air blowing out from the grills. While that makes a handy dandy hair dryer, it DOES use a lot of power. A laptop gets a week's worth of power from a car battery, a modern desktop with monitor gets about a day before you have to recharge the battery with a car, lawn-tractor, outboard motor or solar panel. Have FUN! DearWebby
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