Comcast Sees Widespread Outage after Fresno Fire
Outages can be caused by many things, some of them more dangerous than others. Case in point: Comcast's Fresno, Calif., facility saw a widespread outage for several hours last week due to an electrical fire.
Montana Power Outage Shows the Value of Proper Power Protection
Montana residents and businesses in the Missoula area were reminded last week that power is not always assured. Thousands of people were left without power when high winds knocked down power lines in the area.
Snow: Indiana, Michigan Both Hit with Power Outages
Winter came early to the Midwest when a deep freeze set in across the region on Sunday, November 22, with low temperatures reaching the single digits and a few below zero.
City Hall Hit Hard by Computer Outage
There is a feeling that as we continue to gather information it will always be safe and secure, and as long as we do regular backups, we will never lose any valuable information. That's a mistake.
Colorado Power Outage Proves the Benefit of Back-Up Systems
While technology is almost universally helping the business and public sector world in a positive way, there are some problems that are popping up exclusively because of technology.
Speeding Bullet Causes a 12-Hour Power Outage
Around 3,000 residents in a small Colorado community had to endure 12 hours of not having power while the local power company, Xcel, fixed the problem ... caused by a bullet.
Circuit Breaker Malfunction Dumps Power in NH Town
Recent news out of Newport, N.H. verifies that a faulty circuit breaker left the town without power for nearly an hour on November 5.
When the Winds Start to Blow, Don't Be Left in the Dark
In North Hills, Los Angeles, the wind was gusting up to 50 mph, creating what is known to locals as a Santa Ana wind event.
Runaway Blimp Took Down Power Lines During 'Great Escape'
No, it wasn't an alien space ship that was hovering over parts of Pennsylvania last week; it was a runaway spy blimp owned by the U.S. Department of Defense. And it apparently took down power lines in Schuylkill …
Customers Peeved After 24 Hours Without Power
In Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada recently, a power outage caused the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant to shut down for nearly 24 hours.
Squirrel Attacks Have Power Users Fleeing
According to a published report, squirrels are the new suicide bombers, but they don't need any special equipment to get the job done.
California Power Outage: Sudden, and Long
When a transmission line went down in the Monterey Peninsula at 7 a.m. on October 18, most people thought it would be back right away. They were wrong.
University of Arkansas Learns the Value of Power Protection
The University of Arkansas recently was reminded exactly how much we all rely on electrical power and Internet connectivity, following a power outage.
Power Outage in LA Area Affects Thousands
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 2015 has been the most devastating on U.S. record for wildfires, especially in California. More than 11 million acres have burned so far this year.
Southwest Airlines Outages Lead To Big Flight Delays
No matter how much our technology is advanced from one year to the next, the one constant is that technology needs power.
Minuteman: The More Things Grow, the More They Need Power Backup
Bill Allen, Director of Marketing at Minuteman, recently stopped by Dallas for a TMC Editor's Day event, and spoke with TMC CEO Rich Tehrani about the uninterruptible power supply industry and what Minuteman is doing in particular.
Tree Limb Leaves New Jersey Residents in the Dark
Approximately 3,300 residents in Salem County, NJ, were left in the dark recently thanks to a downed tree limb.
High School Gets Long Weekend Thanks to Power Outage
Power outages typically bring about frustration, anger, and a loss of patience, but for students at Big Sky High School in Montana, an extended power outage was the reason for celebration, as it was the event to kick off a …
Get Defensive: Be Prepared for Power Outages
FEMA and the Energy Department have issued some ideas for avoiding the expense and dangers associated with outages, starting with preparing a "what if" plan.
Another Transformer Fire Knocks Out Power in Southern California
According to Los Angeles' Manhattan Beach Police Department, over 5,000 homes lost power when a downed transformer at 11th Street and Poinsettia Avenue, caused an outage. This also brought down a 16,000-volt power line on the block, …
Power Fluctuations Lead to Lost Power for San Diego Residents, Businesses
Businesses and residents in San Diego were none too happy when power fluctuations led to a full-on power outage.
Rain Causes Power Outages in Schools across Los Angeles
A record-breaking rainfall on September 15 was responsible for causing power outages to schools in the Los Angeles Unified District (LAUS).
Preparation for Disaster is Paramount in Business
While technology has brought a ton of advancement in the business world, there is one area that has actually become a bit more susceptible to catastrophic failure than in the past.
Are You Ready for the Next Power Outage?
Whether you have power protection or not, the actual thoughts surrounding a power loss incident may be more annoyance than anything.
Power Protection Needed When You Least Expect It
One habit we tend to have is to assume that the equipment associated with power providers is the least likely to cause a power outage. After all, this type of equipment is generally more involved in power protection and power …
Two-Day Internet Outage Reminds Us to Back up, Protect, Have a Plan
While power outages are about a dime a dozen regardless of climate or geographical location, Internet outages are probably less talked about, but they can be just as devastating.
Vancouver Storm Means Hundreds of Thousands Lose Power
A recent storm in Vancouver, Canada, showed just how powerful storms could be, as nearly a half-million people were left without power following one such event.
Lightning Causes Two Canadian Outages in 24 Hours
In Canada, it seems that the people live in a part of the world where their unique weather can play havoc with even the most robust power distribution networks.
Some Iowa Residents Experience Week-long Internet Outage
Millions of people around the world have come to rely on the Internet, which is why people get frustrated when outages of even a few minutes occur.
Third Power Outage in 30-Day Period for California City
It was just 10 days ago that a second power outage in a month was a concern for a city in California. It seems that Long Beach's problems are not over just yet.
Water, Fire and Power Protection - a Messy Mix
If you've ever encountered a power outage for any length of time, you received a rude reminder of how much your life is dependent upon power and why you need power protection.
UPS Needs Evolving as Data Centers Transform
The data center market is changing drastically as big data multiplies and cloud computing, mobility and a huge number of applications create networking and storage challenges.
Second Power Outage in a Month is a Concern for California City
Last month on July 15, residents near downtown Long Beach, California, were without power for a third day after attempts by Southern California Edison (SCE) to restore its underground power system failed. More than 3,200 customers were st…
Lightning, Blackouts Aren't the Only Electrical Issues that Hurt Computing Equipment
You can have power running into your computer, and the computer may even continue to function, but that doesn't mean the quality of electricity is good for your equipment.
Power Protection: Home Just as Important as the Office
Technology and extreme weather events are never a good mix, at least from a power standpoint. Power protection is absolutely paramount when it comes to keeping technology systems and networks up and running properly.
As Long as There Are Squirrels, You Need Power Protection
The unpredictability of rodents, weather and even the power company itself is enough of an argument to investment in power protection.
Contractor Error Allegedly Causes City Hall Shutdown in Anchorage
In power outages, the one thing that you normally do not hear about is the occasional "wrong wire" being cut by a contractor doing work on a building.
California City Trashed by Massive Power Outage
Three days of electrical outages plagued up to 90 percent of downtown Long Beach after an underground electrical fire disrupted power and sent manhole cover flying into the air.
Historic District Suffers Major Outage: Would Backup Power Have Helped?
The power went out in in a historic Ohio Business District and was not fully restored until the next night. This outage affected not only the residents but all of the small businesses located in the area.
Underground Transformer Catches Fire, Kills Power in Philadelphia
All over the East Coast we have been experiencing hot and humid weather this summer, and the loss of power on hot days means a loss of business for many companies.
McAfee Believes NYSE, United, Wall Street Journal Came Under Attack
On the recent fateful day when the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), United Airlines and The Wall Street Journal all had pretty severe technical glitches, there were plenty of people who wondered whether it was really the coincidence all th…
PlayStation Network's Fourth of July Fizzled With Outage
Reports suggest that the PlayStation Network-hub of online gaming for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 alike, and others-went down just ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend after suffering an outage just days prior.
In Outages, XRoads Networks Offers Internet Backup Solution
XRoads Networks, already well known in the field for its breed of bandwidth management tools, asks an interesting question: how would businesses handle being off the Internet for a week?
Kansas Sees Widespread Power Outages
One storm this week in Leavenworth County, Kan. left tens of thousands of people in the dark - and should serve as a reminder of the importance of having a back-up power source.
East Coast Suffers Power Loss after Severe Storms
The combination of high winds knocking down tree branches and power lines, lightning hitting transformers and disabling trains, traffic lights, as well as homes and businesses, shows just how vulnerable we really are.
How to Prevent the Five Most Common Communication Outages
While Governor Jerry Brown calls for water conservation in drought-stricken California, Oklahoma and Texas face record rainfalls, and Tropical Storm Ana hits South Carolina almost a month before the official start of the Atlantic hurrican…
Pittsburgh Areas Experience Short Power Interruption
Many businesses and consumers were without power for a short period this week in the Pittsburgh downtown, North Side, and Manchester regions of the city.
Power Outages Spell PR Disaster for Alabama Utilities
Officials with Riviera Utilities and Alabama Power Co. had some literal and figurative cleaning up to do after a massive five-hour power outage hit Eastern Shore earlier this month.
It's Storm Season - Where's Your Power Protection?
The storm season this spring in the Midwest is starting to challenge records set in years past.
End of Ages? Drought, Fires, Snakes Hit Cali
For those who believe in such things, it might seem like the end is nigh in California. Word of the state's ongoing drought seems to get worse with each passing news cycle, and now comes news of animals falling …
Sneaky Snake Leads to Power Purge
While it might be true that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, the same can't always be said for certain reptiles. At least that seems to be the case in a North Carolina town called Apex, where …
Powering Devices Wirelessly? Closer Than You Think
In a bid to make everyone truly connected while being unconnected, innovators at one college are working on technology that will hopefully enable people to power up their devices via their wireless Internet.
Hurricane Season is Upon Us: Are You Prepared?
For those unaware, the 2015 Hurricane Season officially started on June 1, and it runs all the way through to November 30. Hence, there is a pretty good chance that everyone reading this will experience at least one significant "weather …
Be Prepared: Spring Showers Bring Power Outages
In a tech era where we are always connected, and in an era where connectivity means not losing business, power protection is something that can be executed safely and should be on the checklist of items for businesses of all …
Reliable Backup Power: Something Every Piece of Equipment Needs
As we continue to move toward a world where Voice over IP (VoIP) makes it possible for many employees to work from home, you will find that a lot more individual systems require enough time to save any open data.
One Balloon, One Big Blackout: 9,000 Lose Power in San Francisco
A new report from CBS San Francisco shows that one helium balloon can mean one big blackout in the wrong conditions.
Power Surge Protection Market Expected to Boom
With the proliferation of electronic devices set to dominate people's personal and business lives, it only makes sense that a related segment of that market is slated to grow. According to a new report, the worldwide power-surge, protecti…
California Shopping Plaza Experiences Days-long Power Outage
A shopping plaza in Ukiah, California, experienced an unfortunate days-long power outage that was prompted by a utility room fire.
Storm Highlights Need for Proper Power Protection
Denver residents were reporting power outages all over the city over the weekend due to unseasonal snowfall. These closures and delays were more than just a nuisance; they had serious monetary implications.
Surprise Power Outage has Far-Reaching Consequences
Having the lights flicker for a second in your office is cause for a quick moment of panic, but nothing more. Losing power for a short time is annoying. But losing power for WEEK? That can be a big problem, …
Failed Circuit Switch, Electrical Blaze Cause Massive Outage
Power protection systems are a must for keeping a steady power supply during power cuts, spikes, surges and numerous other types of interruptions in power supply.
No Fun Here: Party Balloons Cause Power Outage
Business officials try to prepare for every type of disaster situation. But how do they prepare for the destruction a common helium balloon can cause?
School Highlights a Big Problem with a Solar Backup System
According to a recent report, Butte College had a particular item in its possession that should have rendered blackouts meaningless.
Can a Simple Accident Shut Down Your Home Office?
On Friday, April 17, a garbage truck hit a power pole in Indio, California around nine in the morning. Accidents happen all the time. But according to the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), a power outage from the accident was reported …
A True-Life Story: Saved by the UPS
We write quite a bit here at TMCnet about various and sundry technologies, but one that comes up again and again is UPS, or Uninterruptible Power Supply.
Outages Happen. Do You Have the Right Power Protection?
As much as we like to think we haven't become dependent upon technology, the reality is we can do little without it most of the day.
Large-Scale Outage Affects Alabama Residents, Businesses
Some 20,000 power customers in Huntsville, Alabama, were quite literally left in the dark recently when a large-scale outage hit residences, schools and retail outlets.
Copper Theft Highlights Need for Better Backup Power
Stealing copper wiring from an electrical substation sounds like the type of crime only seen in places such as Nigeria and India, but it can happen anywhere. Like Salt Lake County in Utah.
An Electrifying Morning as 79,000 Customers Lose Power
For 79,000 residents of Butte County, California,the power grid lost capability, taking the power with it. Some locations, however, proved to be more prepared than others to take on the loss.
What Do you Do When the Country Goes Dark?
Here in the U.S., we kind of take electricity for granted; push a switch, and a light goes on. But given the tenor of the times with hackers and terrorists seemingly everywhere, we shouldn't grow complacent. The nation …
Not Exactly a 'Snow Day': Power Outage Closes College
When school is closed suddenly for any reason, whether it's weather-related or not, most kids rejoice. But when it's a college that closes as the semester is winding down and final papers are due, that's a …
Power Outage Strikes Over 90 Percent of South Carolina Town
Residents of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, South Carolina, experienced a pretty widespread outage when a power line was accidentally taken out of service.
Power Protection Needed Even Before the Rain
Anticipating power outages is something that is often top of mind during a storm season, but it's not the only thing that can render your technology resources unavailable.
Could An Email Outage Cause You to Lose Business?
For many of us, a loss of email could mean we're down and out until access is restored. We use it to not only stay connected, but to keep the wheels of capitalism turning.
Recent Outage May Have Cost Apple $25 Million
Apple's suite of digital stores, including iTunes and the App Store, went down for a full 12 hours last week - resulting in millions in lost revenue.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time: This Raven is Truly 'Nevermore'
A power substation is no place to be if you're not highly trained and qualified. Touch one thing that you're not supposed to, and all sorts of havoc-or death-might result.
Do You Have the Power Protection to Survive for Days?
Trillium Health Partners' Mississauga Hospital postponed 100 surgeries and 119 endoscopies when a power outage hit and left the facility without power for four days recently.
Seasons Changing, But Storm Threats Consistent
Ask anyone in the country who's been battered by seemingly incessant storms this winter, and they can pretty much tell you to the minute when spring will arrive, and what the day's high temperature will be for the …
Protect Your Power. Even From Vandalism?
Sometimes power protection measures aren't at all related to what's going on in the sky. The unfortunate truth is that power lines are susceptible to much more, like vandalism.
Brace Yourselves: Winter Isn't Over
March is just a few days away, so people in the Northeast are waiting with bated breath for winter to come to an end.
Students Forced From Dorms Due To Cold-Related Power Outage
If you're sitting in your dorm room working on a term paper or any school project, having the power go out without any warning could be disastrous.
Massachusetts Snow Storms Highlight Importance of Power Protection
If you're in business or at home running machines with sensitive or important information on them, like a business or personal computer, then you'll want to invest in an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
Disaster Recovery for a Power-Driven Society: With or Without the Cloud?
If you own a business or work for a large enterprise at the top of the IT chain,the topic of power protection is one that has to be running at all times.
FCC Wants Backup Power for Cellphones; Providers Balk
In one corner is the FCC, maintaining that because traditional phone companies have always kept a phone line open even when power blackouts are rampant, they should continue to do so for cellphone users.
Tough Winter: Illinois Portion of Quad Cities Goes Dark
Whether a blackout is caused by a greater disaster like a tornado or hurricane, or it just happens out of the clear blue sky, it's the kind of thing that can put a damper on an entire day.
What a Local Power Brownout Can Teach All of Us
Sometimes disasters can point the way for improvements we've been putting off for a long time, but really should not ignore. There's a lesson in a recent outage in New Jersey.
Power Outages Aren't Just a Winter Thing
If you're lucky enough to live in the Northeast, then you've had the wonderful experience of back-to-back winter storms these last two weeks that left many of us out in the literal cold.
Power Protection: A Necessity for All Seasons
When it comes to power protection during inclement weather, most of us think of Mother Nature during the more rainy months like hurricane season, but really, power protection is an all-season concern.
Power Protection Falls Short with Pakistan Outage
Could a simple power outage cripple an entire country? Perhaps the better question to ask is why a single country allows its energy infrastructure to cripple to the point that a single outage in a transmission line can render a …
Backup Power: More Than Just a Tech Convenience
It seems that most folks think about backup power only when it's too late: e.g., after the power has already gone out, data has been lost and/or equipment has been fried. But as Technology Writer Teng Seen …
Winter Storm Warnings Remind Us to be Power-Conscious
While winter storm warnings are more for those who live in climates that are susceptible to Mother Nature's cold wrath, it's a good reminder for just about everyone that inclement weather can wreak havoc on power lines.
Power Surge in Pennsylvania Township: Would YOUR Tech Survive?
Even though electricity is a reliable resource in most developed countries, incidents take place that can disrupt power for an undetermined amount of time, which is what happened in Pennsylvania's Bushkill Township recently.
Didn't See That Coming: Sailboat Causes Widespread Power Outage
A recent collision between a sailboat mast and some power lines wreaked havoc in Florida.
Even the Rich Aren't Immune to Power Outages
For those with the means and the vacation hours, the Christmas / New Year's break is a great time to get away and do a little skiing or snowboarding. Add in the guarantee of plenty of fresh powder, and the …
How One Car Crash Shut Down Most of a Morning's Work for 10,000
One recent car crash in Montgomery and Preble counties in Ohio showed why a backup power supply can be all that stands between a workday lost and a workday merely hindered.
Winter's Here: Play It Safe During a Power Outage
Although short-term power outages are generally easy to recover from, when they are longer lasting it becomes essential to take certain precautions.
Why Power Protection that Allows You to Save Your Data is Critical
When the electricity goes out, residents and companies alike are left in the lurch. Those with the right power protection had the best hope of recovery.
Routine Work Turns into Outage; Internet Down Over Two States
Recently, for FairPoint Communications users in New Hampshire and Vermont, the unthinkable happened: high-speed Internet service went out.
Top Minds Vexed: Harvard Sees Mysterious, Widespread Wi-Fi Outage
Harvard University's IT department said that it experienced "intermittent outages" recently - just in time for the institution's reading period, when students are feverishly working on their end-of-term research projects.
Detroit Municipal Woes Grow as Power Infrastructure Cited
If you live in an area that occasionally gets hit by bad weather, power outages and all their attendant problems are to be expected. But if you live in a major metropolitan area, you might expect any such outages to …
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TMC podcast with Minuteman UPS/Para Systems on the importance of remote power management solutions for optimum power protection.