UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) - It is not just for computer's anymore <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> or are they <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> ?!?!?!?

Some good generic UPS information and definitions -click here.

Stick with me for a moment and you'll see the purpose of this post.

I have been a strong subscriber of UPS for computers over the last couple of decades. Ever since I had lost my NEW $500.00 40 MB (Thats MEGA BYTE) Hard Disk Drive to a power surge. I quickly became a UPS user and advocate. So <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>, I found it hard to understand why it took so long to use this valuable resource for my "other" computers. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

I use a Series 1 TIVO (Philips) with a DirecTV Satelite Receiver (Sony). They work fine together but are a ROYAL PAIN to setup so they work together - a series of workarounds have to be done to re-sync the devices every time the power flickers, much less goes out. Where I live, the power fluctuates all the time - especially in the summer. This is why I have several UPS protecting my computers.

So ....

I FINALLY had a brain storm <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15> a few months ago to put a UPS on the TIVO and DirecTV Receiver. A 350VA UPS provides enough power to support the two devices for almost 3.5 hours <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>. After all, the two boxes ARE computers - specialized computers for specific purposes.

The UPS on the computers allow protection for hardware being damaged. UPS circuits and software will allow a controlled computer shutdown if you are not there. The UPS allows same hardware protection for my Tivo and DirecTV box and if the power is not on after 3.5 hours, I have other problems.

I have setup UPS for several people in similar situations in the last several months. Understand, UPS is NOT an emergency power generator, just a stop gap for brief outages while providing hardware protection to electronic circuits. I understand I am not the first person to come up with this idea - I wonder what applications other Loungers use UPS for ?