[nSLUG] When the power might be out for days

Matt Chamberlain chamberlain2007 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 3 21:24:32 ADT 2007


Well Juan was (as far as I know) a category 3 when it hit Halifax
straight on.  I was without power in Colby for at least a week.  White
Juan only knocked out power here for a day or two, but the plow didnt
come for probably two days.

On Nov 3, 2007 9:17 PM, Bigadmin <bigadmin at unixplanet.biz> wrote:
> I am not sure which one he was referring to, but it seems this one
> Is not as strong as those.
>
> http://ottawastart.com/story/1058.php
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Juan
>
>
>
>
> -----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 9:09 PM
> To: Nova Scotia Linux User Group
> Subject: Re: [nSLUG] When the power might be out for days
>
> 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.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----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.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > -----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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