96 hours to the stone age
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96 hours to the stone age: How quickly our connected lives crumble when the power goes outQuoting: 21SchizoidMan
We may be closer to Thanksgiving than Halloween, but I hope this piece scares you. A lot.
Today, we take for granted that we will have full Internet access and connectivity to the world 24/7/365 on our smartphones, tablets and notebooks. We expect to be able to check a sports score or connect with a loved one in 10 seconds or less.
However, we don’t really consider that our smartphones and wireless device are connected to cell sites and cell towers. Which in turn are connected to the wireless operator’s main switching facility. All that needs lots of power, which after a blackout is provided by backup systems. If and when those systems run out of juice, at about 96 hours, we have a big problem.
Consider this. On Thursday, September 8, 2011, an equipment failure in Arizona caused an electric utility cascade failure, leaving millions of people from the San Diego area in the dark. One moment, power was on for a several thousand square mile area. The next moment it was gone.
[link to gigaom.com]
....yeah but I've got a solar chargers and a wind up torch ;-P LOL
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