[nSLUG] When the power might be out for days

Matt Chamberlain chamberlain2007 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 3 21:08:55 ADT 2007


Are you referring to Hurricane Juan or "White Juan"?

On Nov 3, 2007 9:05 PM, Bigadmin <bigadmin at unixplanet.biz> wrote:
> I was told that last storm caused 9 days power loss in Halifax,
> But I am not sure if the power loss was in surrounding area
> Or downtown Halifax lost their power as well.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: nslug-bounces at nslug.ns.ca [mailto:nslug-bounces at nslug.ns.ca] On Behalf
>
> Of Matt Chamberlain
> Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2007 8:48 PM
> To: Nova Scotia Linux User Group
> Subject: Re: [nSLUG] When the power might be out for days
>
> The rain is supposed to die down ad bit and the winds really pick up
> around 11 or 12 tonight, so that will likely be when the power fails.
>
> -Matt
>
> On Nov 3, 2007 6:38 PM, Bigadmin <bigadmin at unixplanet.biz> wrote:
> > is there any time has been set that we might lose power
> > or we should just wait and see how strong the storm will be.
> >
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> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: nslug-bounces at nslug.ns.ca [mailto:nslug-bounces at nslug.ns.ca] On
> Behalf
> > Of D G Teed
> > Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2007 6:29 PM
> > To: Nova Scotia Linux User Group
> > Subject: Re: [nSLUG] When the power might be out for days
> >
> > On 11/3/07, Ian Campbell <ian at slu.ms> wrote:
> > > It sounds to me like the answer was in your question.
> >
> > Well, what I'd do and what we do are two different things :-)
> > That is why I sometimes seek opinions and experience here to verify
> > I am not an Ardvark in my evaluations of where we should act.
> >
> > I was curious if any sites without generators just power
> > down their servers when they see a storm like this one
> > coming.
> >
> > > A generator is almost certainly infeasible for small businesses (not
> > > to mention the maintenance required, checking to make sure it actually
> > > fails over, and then hoping that it fails over when it has to...), but
> > > a decent UPS is not.
> > >
> > > Presumably if you have "key business systems" you can afford a better
> > > UPS. Even most relatively cheap UPSes can be polled.
> >
> > We have a new UPS, but I think ours came from the Dollarama.
> > They are just starting to evaluate the client software now,
> > but the information on how to configure the sort of parameters
> > I've seen for APC client software is nil.
> >
> > My best approximation of what we could do, is to run an APC
> > brand device somehere, just to be able to have something to poll
> > from many platforms with apcupsd.  But I'd need to convince
> > the superior, who distrusts open source, that this would be
> > trustable software.
> >
> > In any case, it is too late for tonight to implement a solution, so
> > I've given them enough rope to hang themselves (I've already
> > tried reason, but they seem to act as if I'm going outside of
> > my role to think like a manager) and I'll just see what happens.
> >
> > --Donald
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