Squirelly power, battery backup

The power in my area blinks out frequently in wind/weather but the outages are usually just a few seconds.  I’d been threatening to get a minimal UPS but hadn’t done it yet.

Only one of my machines really matters much in this regard (main workstation) since I remote into it regularly from offsite.

I was at a thrift shop recently and found an APC Back-UPS CS 500 for $20.  They are about $100 new so I figured even if I had to buy a fresh battery I’d still be ahead.  Turns out it did need a fresh batt so I picked up this well-reviewed one for $17.49. Works great.

I yanked the plug on the APC and it merrily ran the PC.  I won’t have the monitor on the backup since I would be either 1) offsite; or 2) sitting in the dark when the UPS comes into play.

So that’s $37.49 instead of $100.  I like that discount.

water, and stop signs

Drove in to set up the last of the utilities (water) at City Hall.  Sarah took care of everything quickly and efficiently.

$200 is a pretty good chunk of change for a water deposit.  Maybe it’s used as a cash reserve to help finance the water utils.  If so, I’m ok with that.

While I was there I read the city bulletin board and added tonight’s city council meeting to the calendar.  I had to drive back to DFW to take care of some pre-move errands or I would have stuck around for the meeting and listened in.

I noticed that the overwhelming majority of published court dates on the bulletin board were for “failure to stop”.  Note to self:  come to a dead stop at every STOP sign, every time!  :-0

Made my first visit to the new PO Box and got my mail.  I feel legitimate now  🙂

utilities and game plan

The house on my family’s land is supposed to be available by the 15th;  I work that weekend so I will have the utils cut over on the 17th.  Probably move my first load that morning.

I packed my stuff in small boxes that fit neatly in the back of my ratty ex-fleet Ranger pickup.  Many offers for help moving but some things are important to do alone.  Time to think.  Carrying every thing you own with your own hands.

During the pack I did a decent job of getting rid of crap I don’t use or need but  I still have way too much stuff.   “Reduce, reduce, reduce” is not just for cooking.

I was hoping to find a cable broadband option but didn’t find one.  Anyone use cable internet in Point?  My place on FM514 is close enough to that old (GTE?) CO that DSL was an option.    Had to take phone service, though.  Would prefer a naked line;  I haven’t had a landline in 6 years.

Speaking of phone, I’ve been using T-Mobile PAYGO for about 10 years but prepaid doesn’t roam out here.  So I switched to Airvoice, an ATT MVNO that gets good voice and data reception.  Happy with them so far.  Their website is tragic but the service and telephone CS are good.  And cheap.