Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Shut Off the Power
Rusty: I'm so embarrassed. I hope no one assumes we're anything like Jan.
Micah: Yes, we still have our wits about us, but I don't know if we'll retain them if we keep hanging around with her.
Rusty: Just yesterday Cyndi posted a story of Jan's absentmindedness with time. (A Clock and a Calendar)
Micah: Yesterday afternoon Mr. Doug came by. He asked if she is sure the UPS (backup battery) will shut down the computer if the electric goes off.
Rusty: The conversation went something like this -
Jan: Yes, it will.
Mr. Doug: How do you know?
Jan: It tells me it will.
Mr. Doug: It tells you?
Jan: Yes, it does a periodic self-test.
Mr. Doug: And you believe it? Have you tested it yourself to be sure it will work?
Jan: No-o-o-o. Should I try it now?
Mr. Doug: Yes, shut off the power and see what happens.
Jan walked around behind the computer and shut off the power.
Mr. Doug: *wide-eyed* Wow, you must not have any software on that UPS.
Jan: Why, what happened?
Mr. Doug: It didn't shut down; it just went off.
Jan: That's not possible. It always tells me when the electric goes off and it switches power sources.
Mr. Doug: When was that, Windows 7, or XP? Did Windows 10 install the UPS?
Jan: I'm sure it did. It's supposed to update all the hardware.
Mr. Doug: Well, you need to do a search and find if there is an update.
Jan: I don't understand it. It always does the bells and whistles when the electric so much as blinks. I don't understand why it didn't even tell us it had switched to battery power?
Mr. Doug: It didn't switch. It just died.
Light bulb switches on.
Jan: Oh, no, it couldn't shut down! I forgot I was supposed to pull the plug from the wall. I pushed the button to turn off the UPS.
Rusty: Whatever Jan has might be contagious. I need a nap to renew what's left of my mind.
Micah: It's not that bad, Rusty. Jan just did what she was told. She shut off the power.