Gavin McCullagh wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Sep 2007, Michael Watterson wrote:
>>>> Sometimes we are a month without a cut, often at least weekly. Most are
>> 1 or 2 mins, about every two months 10min or longer.
>>>> Out of curiosity, where is this? I didn't realise anyone in Ireland had
> such an unreliable electricity supply. Is there a known reason or a plan
> to improve the situation?
>>>>>A little west of Limerick City. I don't think it is unusual. One of the
reasons that VHSes are problematic for timed recordings is the bother of
resetting the clock after every power outage. Even a few seconds. Most
people may ignore little glitches. It soon encourages getting a UPS if
you have a server though. Our "VOIP/DOCSIS" phone modem/ATA, RF outdoor
CPE and DECT handsets are now on UPS too. I got some from Maplin for €64
for general use. We have APC too.
It has improved. The ESB has recently been replacing poles and such
nationwide that in many cases are there since 1920s. There are
regulations forbidding use of creosote in making poles in the future. A
cynical view is that eircom and ESB are on a creosoted pole fitting
spree as the post regulation ones may not last the 70 to 90 years of
original Edwardian era telegraph poles.
I don't know the details of any upgrades. But the more worrying issue is
a potentially increasing risk of lack of capacity each winter. An
unusually cold snap in Dec could be a problem.
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