Friday, 7 November 2008

Eve online infuences UPS...

EVE does influence me in subtle ways.

I tend to plan more both ingame and at work now.... with longer-term plans.

One more recent effect has been to make me realise what would happen in a powercut to my characters (especially if running a mission or worse pvp) - and just how financially disasterous (in terms of ISK, and in terms of loss of primary PC potentially) it could be for me in the longer-term of my characters development. I'd been planning a UPS anyhow for my gaming rig to replace a old broken one that I'd been putting off replacing. My advice - don't buy belkin UPS's - they die after 3 years consitantly... The office-rejig and a free older APC UPS I was donated from some of my old work colleagues meant this pressing need is now filled for no cost!

As of last night, my EVE rig (with both monitors (17" and 22") will last for ~ 10 mins in event of a power cut. Should be enough to avoid ship destruction style events I hope...

With the above some may think I'm taking things too far, but I've had a UPS for years (the last one died so badly it needed a full new unit) - and the power in my street fails once a month at least for 1-4 hours...
I can highly reccomend UPS's for online gamers of all kinds who live in the country like me with dodgy power. It's a shame my donated one needs new batteries to restore it to its full 30 min runtime... but that can wait, 10 mins will do for now...

I am also in process of buying a 2nd UPS - a small unit that should keep my wifi up for 2-3 hours in a power cut if I've sized it right - it'll ONLY run the DSL router. (wifi for the laptop, iphone and EVE PC once I transfer it from the other UPS). Its funny how when you use iplayer and other online entertainment a lot how much you can miss it in one 4 hour power cut!

Does your EVE rig have a UPS? Has EVE influenced any kit purchases for you?

3 comments:

PsycheDiver said...

My Belkin was totally useless...

Mynxee said...

I live in a very rural area, on a wooded mountainside (such as can be called mountains, in Virginia). Our power is pretty stable unless it's windy or thunderstorms...I don't have a UPS--I just turn off the PC and go do something else when conditions seem likely to cause power outages. :) I know, sacrilege!!!

DeafPlasma said...

My personal issue is the fact the power cuts can occur here without a thunderstorm/weather - the pesky area I live suffers from breakers going randomly it appears.. being THAT unpredictable means without a UPS I was risking ship-loss on every login.

When you have one evening a month minimum with no internet or pc, and only candles - a UPS can be seen as a good investment... last month I used all the battery charge in a iphone, psp, and laptop in the downtime... I'm considering even getting a generator at some point to recharge on the > 24 hour outages I get once a year...