Isn't it funny how disaster waits until the right moment?
Every winter, I get nervous about one thing... the supply of mains power. Auckland's power grid seems only marginally better than that of African slums. Short power outages occur most days of the week once the load on the grid goes up, and you don't want to be without uninterruptible power supplies for your computers.
Unfortunately for me, the two smaller UPSs I used for my workstations decided to both kick the bucket. Not entirely sure why, but there was a power spike last week that had them both beeping and after that, falling over.
Aware of the gravity of the situation, I've been shopping around for a single unit with higher VA rating that's also quiet (suggestions here would be welcome).
I was, however, not fast enough.
Yesterday, the Wairau Rd substation blew up. I'm not sure what happened - sounds like there was an explosion damaged part of the substation - but a huge chunk of the North Shore went black.
And, my computers were plugged straight into the wall... catastrophe. As a result, the Program Files (x86) directory on Vista 64 is now full of scrambled files. Most of the apps I use every day don't work because the files are corrupted. I should be able to replace them, maybe by using a System Restore Point, but it's still a major hassle I could do without, especially on deadline day.
Luckily, my servers are behind a chunkier UPS that's been holding up fine, so they're running normally.
Typical... just typical.