When The Power Goes Out

There should be an image here!As I sit in my car during a power outage while my netbook’s battery is charging via a car adapter, I can’t help but notice how reliant we are on electricity. This is something that we often do not realize until it’s gone.

Back before electricity, no one missed it because it had not been discovered yet. These days we become lost without it. We stumble in the dark looking for a flashlight. We worry about the perishable food items that we just bought. We wait and wait for the electricity to come back on so that we can go back to our normal lives. Even to the most rugged of society, it’s a huge inconvenience.

So how would we react if it was gone for good? Would we convert back to the old ways, or would there be chaos?

The Internet was originally a DARPA project designed to survive a nuclear attack. However, I can’t access it over a broadband connection while the power is still out. It requires a modem that runs on electricity. I am writing this in NotePad with the intention of uploading it later. I did get some electronic work done thanks to my boyfriend’s car adapter. However, I’ve only been able to get online in small spurts at various establishments with free Wi-Fi.

I do all my work online. I actually need connectivity. More and more people are starting to as well. The attendant at the gas station told me that the electric company would have the power back on by 7AM. I really hope so.

How do you cope when the power goes out? Lend me your thoughts. I may use them the next time the power goes out.

Daniel W. Webb has been self-publishing content on the Internet for over a decade. He’s written articles for a tech oriented site as well as contributed to an anthology book. He is currently majoring in communications and will soon minor in technology.

Top 5 List On How To Pick The Right Motherboard

Hey Chris! This Is Fabiocrow07770 from the chat room. I decided to make a top five list on motherboards because, in building a computer, it’s the hardest component to pick. It’s pretty much the nervous system of the PC, so proper selection is crucial to ensure your new computer performs as well or better than expected. Anyway, on with the top five!

  1. Make Sure you pick the right size motherboard for the case you have chosen to use. If you have a micro at ATX case then your motherboard cannot be an ATX. Larger cases sometimes allow you to have smaller motherboards. Check the specs on the case before you continue looking for a motherboard.
  2. Count how many SATA or IDE connections are available. I learned the hard way — I bought a CD drive and a hard drive — both IDE — and I only had one IDE connection and six SATA connections on the board I bought. I had To send the hard drive back and get a SATA.
  3. Price isn’t everything! a motherboard that costs $80 can just as easily run as well if not better than a motherboard that costs $1000. Check the specs for features you want and also that you don’t need. If you’re not a gamer, chances are you don’t need something like SLI.
  4. Do your research! Check and see what other people are saying about the motherboard. Again, just because the motherboard is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a beacon of quality!
  5. Never buy from a third party like a flea market, a friend, or a guy in a van.

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