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Posted by pbrittan on August 19, 2003 at 7:05 AM PDT

Single points of failure can be entire systems. Prevention may lie in "fencing in".

For those of you on the West Coast, I can assure you that it was pretty dark here in New York last Thursday evening. A little after 4pm, suddenly all our lights, air-conditioners, phones, etc., in our office shut down. The UPS alarms started ringing, letting us know we were operating on battery power. We soon realized that the power was going to take a long time to come back on, hours if not days, and we didn

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