Surge Protection

  • Episode 177
  • February 8, 2011
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Robbie explains what some of the on-the-box features mean when comparison shopping for good surge protection, and then compares eight different devices from a variety of price points to help us understand how to choose the best protection for the price.

This episode is sponsored in part by: Planet Calypso & Pogoplug.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Eric Kidd present in studio.
  • Robbie is King Ing...
  • @robbieferguson started a new tradition this year for Superbowl Sunday called "Supertrek Sunday".
  • Viewer Comment: You could have let us know about Supertrek Sunday a few days in advance!
  • Viewer Question: My Logitech USB desktop microphone can't get recognized on Ubuntu. How do I make it work?
  • Eric's email locks up, strangely.
  • Viewer Question: I'm looking for the old shows, Episodes 1-30. Where can I find them?
  • Viewer Question: After creating a Virtual Disk on one machine and moving it over to another, the network doesn't work. How do I change the settings to make it work?
  • Viewer Question: I salvaged a laptop and wonder if I should go with a Dual Boot it with Ubuntu and Windows XP, or should I just do Ubuntu alone?
  • Viewer Question: I'm no longer able to login to the Category5 TV chat room. It warns that I need to enter a username and password for Auth Mode. What is this and why can't I get in?
  • Hillary joins us from the past due to severe bandwidth issues.
  • Today is Safer Internet Day in Canada.
  • Robbie gives some suggestions for how you can protect your children from online predators, pornography, online gambling and more.
  • Mathman joins us in the chatroom.
  • Top stories from the Category5 TV Newsroom.
  • Feature: Choosing the right Surge Protection.
  • An email Robbie received this morning prompted him to talk about Surge Protection.
  • Why it's important to replace a Surge Protector when the light is flickering.
  • What "Joules" means and how to use it to help you choose which product is best.
  • What kind of response time you should look for in a Surge Protector.
  • By the time a breaker trips, you've likely fried something.
  • The phone line is another big entry point for surges.
  • Why protecting every device on your network is important–not just the good devices.
  • Comparing eight different surge protection options and understanding what each one offers and what each one lacks.
  • How to tell if a Surge Protector manufacturer is confident that your equipment won't get destroyed in a surge if connected to their device.
  • Surge Protectors do not do anything for your data: keep an acurate, up-to-date backup. Always.
  • Looking at Uninterruptible Power Supplies as protection for power spikes and drops.
  • The trick to having great surge protection along with battery backup, but for hundreds of dollars less.
  • UPS batteries are both recyclable and replaceable.
  • Win a free copy of Wirecast 4.
  • Robbie has been nominated for a Shorty Award.
  • How to vote for Robbie to win a Shorty Award.
  • Robbie reminds the gents that it's time to buy your darling a Valentine's gift.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Eric Kidd

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