When the lights go down in the city your computer doesn't have to go down along with them. Learn how to configure an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for your computer — you'll be working through brownouts and shutting down gently in blackouts.
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DIY and technology blog How-To Geek has a step-by-step tutorial on configuring a UPS device to shut down your computer gently in the event of a power outage. The walk through covers the installation of a APC ES 550 model UPS and the accompanying PowerChute UPS/Computer management software.
If you have a UPS device but haven't really configured it yet, you can easily adapt the steps to your particular model and power management software. If you haven't purchased one, the guide will give you a quick overview of the benefits and the available configuration options. Visit the link below to read more. If you have a particular UPS model you can vouch for, sound off in the comments to help your fellow readers shop.