Argggh!! APC Back up

Apc_500_2 So after a few years of faithful service, the APC 500 backup begins chirping like a chick for its mother hen. 

Given how unreliable the electrical system is here in the sticks (thank you LIPA), the backup is a huge lifesaver for the computer. Several times a week, the power levels drop — not a full black out, but a momentary loss that w/o the battery, the iMac would be toast.

Incidentally, this turns out to be one of the oddest — and most useful and appreciated — gifts I have ever received. 

Not only does the uninterruptible power supply, well, not get interrupted, but I don’t deal with all the nasty side effects of regular sudden power offs — lost data, glitchy OS, program problems. I highly recommend getting a UPS if you don’t use one.

A quick look up of the APC BP500US, and it turns out that the lead battery needs replacement. Okay, order a new one, ($25), it comes a few days later, charge it up overnight — and the APC is still chirping away.

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Before I spend some more time on hold with the Philippines trying to reset this, does anyone any shortcuts?

There has to be a simple way to reset this damn thing . . .

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Friday Night Jazz Rock-N-Roll

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I was planning on doing a Jazz post this evening, but the week’s biggest musical news — the one-night only reunion concert by Led Zep — had to take precedence.

What’s that you say? One night only?

Unfortunately, it is true:  Robert Plant, not Zeppelin, is touring in May 08 with album mate Allison Kraus.

As previously mentioned, I am an enormous Led Zep fan.  However, despite having seen a bazillion concerts, to my everlasting regret, I never managed to see Zep live.

This was going to be my big chance. 

To make matter worse, the reviews from the show in London have been spectacular:

 

Led Zeppelin’s Rocking Return  (WSJ)
Led Zeppelin Finds Its Old Power (NYT)   
Led Zeppelin Reunion Wows London (Bloomberg)
Led Zeppelin rocks again in London (LAT)          

MothershipYou get the idea.

While a tour seems to be on hold (at least for now), Zep’s album sales have skyrocketed in the UK:  Music retailer HMV also revealed that sales of Led Zeppelin’s Mothership 2CD/1DVD, Led Zeppelin’s recent compilation album, rose by 50% overnight following the gig. Mothership was the biggest selling album in HMV stores in the UK on December 11.

And, the rest of the band’s album sales were up 500%, as fans snapped up the back catalogue after O2 Arena show, according to music site NME.

When old meets new, you can expect snafus, and this "happening" was not without a curious one: Zeppelin’s reunion concert clips were inadvertently pulled from YouTube; It turns out that an Anti-Piracy firm had the Zeppelin reunion videos removed "by mistake." 

As always, videos after the jump.

- Led Zeppelin Official Site
- Every concert set list from every Zep live show. ever.
- Reunion Announcement
- Wikipedia entry

 

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