Explain this, if you can.

Posted By on November 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

This morning at around 1:30 the power here went out, I assume due to the weather that moved through the area. I was in the middle of a round of Battlefield 3 at the time; I noticed something odd.

Less than a minute before the power went out here, I was booted from the game due to a failed connection; in other words, my internet connectivity was gone. I looked over at my cable modem and router — which are mounted on a rack within arm’s reach of me here — and saw that some of the modem lights had gone off. Seconds later, the power went out completely, and stayed off for a couple of hours. I have a pretty good battery backup, so I was able to shut down my PC normally before heading to bed.

This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed the cable “head end” going offline during a “weather event” — most of those times, our neighborhood doesn’t lose power at all.

This raises a couple of questions:

– How is it possible that my neighborhood has a more robust electricity supply than does the cable company?

– How is it that *I* have better backup capability than does a public utility?

This doesn’t bode well for civilization surviving a zombie apocalypse.


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