[ubuntu-uk] Preventing lightning strike & surges

luxxius luxxius at googlemail.com
Fri May 25 20:34:08 BST 2007

Alan Pope wrote:
> Call me picky, but isn't it true that you can't *prevent* lightning
> strikes, only try to get them to hit something other than your
> aerial/golf club/tree/car/house? 

My only experience of a lightning strike was lightning hitting the 
telegraph pole down the street, sending a big pulse down the phone line, 
and frying the fax modem on my motherboard (along with its nearby 
on-board network and the graphics).  I guess surge protection wouldn't 
help with that sort of thing?

By the way, hello!  I'm a relative newcomer to Ubuntu (about four months 
now).  I have Dapper running on my old Inspiron latptop (including 
wireless on a Linksys card with Broadcom chipset, which I was very 
pleased to get working in only a fortnight!).

And now I've put Feisty on an old AMD box, and recently as a dual boot 
on my Dell Dimension (with XP, which I keep for occasional bits of stuff 
that are still easier for me on XP, till I get better at GNU/Linux).

But I find I rarely use that other OS at all;  and I've been sort of 
surprised to find that I don't miss it, and - contrary to long-term 
brainwashing (20 years, I guess) - I don't actually need it!  Freedom!

Ubuntu's really good - but I have to be careful not to bore my kids and 
friends to death going on about it!


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