Elon Musk's Powerwall, time-shifting the energy from that handy fusion reactor in the sky

I don't generally report news. But I do like to discuss topics IT-related topics that potentially impact our environment. Working in IT, I've seen my share of diesel generators and lead acid battery rooms. I've also weathered week-long power outages at home, spurring me to get a generator. Coupled…

May 4 2015

Superguide: CyberPower PFCLCD UPS Mini Towers protect your home's computers and entertainment

This is not a sponsored blog post. My extended family has purchased 7 of the various PFCLCD models since 2012, and it's gone well, with just one battery replacement needed so far. I've found them to be very easy to install and configure at friends and family homes. Without a PC, and without a…

Jan 7 2014

A careful look at the No-Spill 5 Gallon Gas Can, for your electronics-friendly generator

Why would I look seriously at a $36 gas can from Amazon that's apparently not available anywhere locally, despite being made in the USA? Safety first, which we'll return to in a minute. Then there's lack of any shipping cost with Amazon Prime. Even slightly less expensive options like…

Dec 5 2013

Got to hear "Virtualization Security for the IT Guy/Gal" by Mike Foley at my local VMUG today

Today, those of us here in Southern New England owe a thank you to Kelser's Matthew Kozloski, who sponsored and ran this fun and educational Hartford VMUG Meeting. The unique outdoors setting made for a picturesque backdrop at the Northwest Park Picnic Pavilion. The opportunity to meet new folks…

Aug 13 2013

Deep snow may cause some challenges here in Connecticut into this weekend, and beyond…

I don't tend to freak out about such things, since accurate predictions tend to be rare. We were spared most of Sandy's wrath, a storm that followed a similar path. This is not to say we haven't had an interesting few years of weather, which prompted my own generator purchase. The time may come…

Feb 8 2013

Holiday Guide 2012, a variety of sensible solutions for your household tech needs

Like peanut butter and jelly. Spaghetti and meatballs. Bluetooth and headphones and yardwork. You know, things that go well together. Practical, efficient things that I have personally tested out. Useful around my own home, and paid for with my own money. There are some products that you might…

Dec 12 2012

How to use a CyberPower UPS solution for proper automated shutdown of your VMware ESXi lab during power outages, including all VMs

Jul 23 2018 - This article has been popular for years, latest updates appended below. Introduction CyberPower PFCLCD Series available in 4 capacities at Amazon. Shutting down my old Windows Server v1 system was pretty simple, done by attaching the USB 2.0 signal cable from the UPS to the server,…

Nov 27 2012

How to seamlessly replace a cable modem with cellular during outages

Interested in reading more about setting up something similar in your home, say during an extended cable Internet outage? Such wiring scenarios are particularly handy if you wish to leave your network and all gizmos as-they-were, making riding out an outage far easier on everybody. Perhaps you…

Oct 31 2012

How to enable WiFi Personal Hotspot or USB Tethering on an iPhone, easily sharing your Internet with nearby devices

These instructions will get you through the simple connection sharing process, with an accompanying video to also demonstrate how straight-forward and fast this is to set up. Jump to steps 1,2,3 below to read the step-by-step guide with screenshots, or jump to the walk through video at the end…

Oct 28 2012

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and snowstorms motivated me to get a generator, here's a look at my ETQ TG72K12 with 8250 Watts, 14 HP, low THD, and clean sine waves

ETQ TG72K12 8,250 Watt 13 HP 420cc 4-Cycle OHV Gas Powered Portable Generator with Electric Start I live in a lovely, quiet suburb in central Connecticut, about 30 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean/Long Island Sound. This proximity to warm water moderates the temperature extremes a bit. But we…

Oct 26 2012

When your home's Internet goes down, here's a cellular work-around

It began with a sketch after a storm in 2011: Hopefully this Visio version is a bit easier to interpret: It all started at 11am today, with me noticing all my home's devices had gone offline. No clouds available. Without the usual green blinky lights on my DOCSIS 3 cablemodem:…

Jul 15 2012

Day 4 of no power and counting

I'm sorry my posts have decreased in frequency, as I'm fighting the after-effects of a freak early snowstorm in the Northeast on Satuday, October 29th.  It took down many trees (that still had leaves on them), and downed more power lines than anything I can recall in my town in 17 years.  So my…

Nov 2 2011

Power efficiency of a Z68 motherboard system (with ten 3.5" drives), using a CyberPower UPS's LCD Display to measure watts

I recently learned that there may be some special considerations when shopping for a new, efficient, and properly sized power supply/UPS combination.  I don't know for sure, but it didn't really cost me significantly more money, and I now know first-hand that my UPS seems to work fine with my…

Aug 5 2011