[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Keeping hard copies of photos and documents

Eleanor Haas eleanorhaas at gmail.com
Fri Jan 24 15:43:40 PST 2014

I am freaked out so I unplug my computers during an electrical storm. . .


On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM, Otto <otto at schienke.com> wrote:

> On Jan 24, 2014, at 3:25 PM, MIKE MCHENRY wrote:
> > Otto I've done pretty much the same. Not too long ago a family member
> lost
> > their hard drive contents after a nearby lightning strike. I realized you
> > can get a pretty strong electromagnetic pulse from that kind thing. I now
> > have my backup drives in the basement
> > MIKE
> Good advice and a serious subject. The joke about electrons being
> recyclable is true.
> Always use voltage surge suppressor plug-in strips to connect your
> electronic equipment to the exiting electrical supply. They are inexpensive
> today. Previously I made up my own.
> Make certain they are internally 'voltage clamped' at all three wires, the
> black feed, the white neutral and the green ground.  A hot voltage spike or
> surge does not discriminate and can run any or all of the three. Ask when
> you buy. Some come with an equipment warranty policy.
> An example of surge suppressor plug-in strip value.
> We had a fall windstorm a few years ago in my township. A large old maple
> tree went down across the power lines up the road from me, tearing the top
> 5,500 volt primary line from its mounting, dropping it down on my service
> drop neutral cable to my service mast meter-box on the house... The
> resulting 5,550 voltage overload blew/melted my main shutoff panel out of
> the wall, it blew the microwaves and refrigerator. It blew distribution
> panel fuses and melted exterior bulbs out of their sockets. It even melted
> cable TV connectors at the outside. Nightmare. Thou$ands in destruction.
> All of my electronic equipment had its own three-wire surge suppressors
> yet I had this sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as the smoke
> cleared. I began starting them up one by one not expecting results. My
> computers, printers, scanners, hard-drives and TV's operated the same as
> when I bought them.
> . . .   Otto
>          " The Zen moment..." wk. of January 01, 2014-
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