Tags: power outage

07/03/09

  10:58:07 pm, by The Dreamer   , 267 words  
Categories: Networking, Home, Healthcare

UPS, Westar Energy, DPP-600HD and CPAP

Well, here I am sitting in the dark....had to make some reconfigurations of stuff so I can still be online for the moment....

But, this is like the 3 significant outage in the last couple of weeks. Didn't I get a letter earlier this year saying that there had been like 4 in the previous year, and that they were going to be working on improving reliability of the system? Forgot to talk to my doctor about what to do when the power is out, and I want to keep breathing while I'm sleeping....

Earlier I blogged on how I had pulled the trigger on buying a DPP-600HD to maybe have DC power backup for such things. Only problem was that UPS was supposed to deliver it today. Scheduled Delivery July 3rd. It last showed as out for delivery at 4:45am. Obviously they didn't show up at all, even though I canceled my plans for today to stay home and wait for it.

Not sure what has me more annoyed. Since my electric bill goes up every month, even though I'm on average pay plan....and I'm sure running CPAP and the associated others (like needing more AC because it gets warm and wet under the mask otherwise). isn't helping my costs.

Can't say that I'm using more power than I did when I lived in Ohio....and at first my bills seem to match what I used to pay back there. But now its like 60% more.... wonder what I'm getting for it.

Though still, I think I'm more annoyed at UPS still. Though as this power outage stretches on....that's changing.

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05/10/09

  03:39:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 543 words  
Categories: Software, Computer, Home, Healthcare

I survived....and then felt like experimenting

This morning, there was a loud beep along with a variety of other strange sounds that woke me. The power had gone out. I could still breath, so my PowerSource400 was doing its job.

I don't yet have the humidifier plugged into the PowerSource400, but I was only using it in passive mode last night. Though I was told in chat that it'll work on an inverter, so it would work on the PowerSource400. The brochure even touts it as a feature of benefit to truck drivers and campers.... Didn't occur to me to find out. Though biggest problem is forgetting to turn it on at night, and/or turning it off in the morning.

Almost as soon as I was fully aware that the power was out and that I was still getting air....there was another beep, and power was back on. I went back to sleep for a little while longer....

Later I saw the clean air filter light was on the air purifier in the room next to my bedroom, so wondered if the air cell would fit in my ultrasonic cleaner. So, first I cleaned my cushions using it....and then found the air cell was too big. But, also time to replace white filter....or rather swap a white filter in for the grey filter....gonna say it picked up a long more funk because I traveled last weekend....

Also in between cushion cleaning and air purifier cleaning...I decided that it was time to try my hand at modifying my ComfortLite II mask. Guess we'll find out how that works tonight.

Finally, I was looking at my data...and decided I should see if I can get EncoreViewer & USB reader working on my new laptop...where its running Ubuntu...with Windows XP in a VirtualBox VM.

Had lots of fun trying to get USB working, but basically it was combine various information found online on the subject...until I got it to work. There was a bit of VirtualBox/USB and Intrepid. udev file didn't quite match, since there was already a vbox one that did the same thing that it described. Another forum post had a different method, but talked of creating a separate group...make the device nodes in that group...and adding vbox & user to the group....while the 'VirtualBox/USB' method said add user to vboxusers group.

What I went back and did was have it make the /proc/bus/usb device nodes for the vboxusers group...and then finally the devices showed up (after a reboot).

The XP VM detected the USB devices, installed drivers and the light turned green....EncoreViewer started reading the smartcard, but then it failed. I fiddled some more...eventually rebooted the XP VM, it did a bunch of stuff (some 33 updates?)...and trying again, I was able to successfully read the smartcard.

Then it was a matter of copying some files from my desktop to the VM, so I could have the historical data. Laptop way will just be so I know it would work rather than use it regularly....of course, that might change if I make it the bedroom computer after the rearrangement. Though I'm thinking a whole new computer would go there....perhaps one of those ASUS atom based all in ones.

Hmmm....

What kind of trouble can I get myself into next. :hmm:

04/08/09

  07:52:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 437 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Ubuntu

UPS Oversight

On Monday there was a brief power outage....I didn't notice from work at first, because the UPS there were no issues affecting the computers at home that I accessed from work. Two didn't go down at all, and one rebooted by itself.

The Windows 2000 had started booting up, but since it mounts shares samba shares from the other box that didn't come up nicely...it was stuck until I told it to ignore trying to remount the share and continue. :-(

The other box is the ubuntu server where the missing samba share originates from. I had set this system up as RAID1, and one of the drives stopped working after the outage. But, ubuntu wouldn't boot without both drives. :??: Found I had to add 'bootdegraded=true' to the kernel line in grub.

Later the old APC Back-UPS Office 500 started making lots of noise. Time to replace its battery. Or perhaps time to retire it from service. I moved the loads to one of the remaining UPSs, and pulled the UPS while I investigated trade-in or replacement options.

Then this morning, I heard a strange continuous beep.....while trying to figure out where it was coming from....everything went dark. Or rather I saw my ubuntu server go down, and later on the KVM switch I saw that two other computers were booting up. Evidently, the remaining UPS was already handling too much...and its only a 700VA UPS.

I had forgotten that I had a plan to add a (Smart)UPS to the living room and move the Geeksquad 1285VA UPS eventually to run the ubuntu server (since that was the most recent addition, and it didn't have a UPS for it)....so it had been parked on the UPS that runs 'box'. Well, moving 'gumby' definitely put it over the top....probably especially with its 3 external drives. (used to be 4, but one died).

I guess it is not only time to rush on acquiring a UPS to replace the APC one that I retired, but also acquire a UPS to put the Linux servers 'box' and 'orac' onto separate UPSs.

I think I was eyeballing a CyberPower 1000VA UPS yesterday....the question is will it still go in the same place I was looking. Maybe I don't care that much about 'gumby'....though newer UPSs have lots of protected outlets, so I thought it might park nicely next to it and reduce the confusion of the which of the many powerstrips are plugged into which UPS, etc.

Am I at the point yet where a Smart-UPS can materialize, or maybe I'm looking at an additional CyberPower 1000VA (or perhaps something bigger, but still cheap)....

Hmmmm.... :hmm:

02/10/09

  05:48:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 86 words  
Categories: Home, Healthcare

Yay, Westar cares.

It has been a couple months since the last significant power glitch....but today I got a letter from Westar Energy. It informs me that the circuit that serves my premises has experienced 4 outages in the past year. Therefore, they are going to take immediate action to improve the quality of the system that serves my premises.

Still, I will probably be looking at additional changes at home with respect to power...

And, I still haven't really decided if I should document my medical equipment with them. :??:

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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