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Get an uninterruptible power supply, and never fear electricity problems again.

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Brownouts and blackouts and power surges, oh my! You may be wellalong the yellow brick road to data loss and computer damage if youaren't paying attention to power issues. A surge protectormight be your first thought, but an uninterruptible power supply(UPS) is best. Think of electrical surges and sags as flyingmonkeys that constantly bombard your PC. That makes a UPS your ownpersonal good witch Glinda.

The way things are going right now, you're going to need allthe help you can get. According to a recent study by the ElectricPower Research Institute, the U.S. economy loses $104 billion to$164 billion each year to power outages and $15 billion to $24billion per year due to equipment problems caused by poor powerquality.

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