Immigration Nightmare Isn’t Over

June 12, 2007

President Bush’s amnesty bill was defeated by a national uprising that is unprecedented. But make no mistake: congress has NOT gotten the message. They are simply waiting for the American people to let their guard down so they can sneak through a bill that President Bush will sign.

It’s the most insane thing I’ve seen.
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The immigration battle is so bad, it’s starting to effect not only the national Republican party, but local politics as well. I talked to a friend of mine who works at the local Republican headquarters, who gets complaints almost daily, which he kindly forwards to the RNC. This person also tells me that he gets angry notes from people who are withholding contributions.

These problems go double for the Republican party at the national level.

In the past, Democrats have been effective at waging imaginary class warfare.

But class warfare is deeply effective when it’s no longer imaginary. Illegal aliens and global trade deals, both of which have been encouraged by the Bush administration, have had a depressing effect on middle class wages.

This paints a dismal future for Republicans in ’08.

Uninterruptible power supply for computer

Chicago Sun-Times September 5, 2004 | JAMES DULLEY Q. I need an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for my computer. A power outage wiped out my brothers’ entire hard drive. What size UPS should I get? What features do I need? Will a big one use more electricity?

A. Most people consider a battery backup UPS to be a convenient luxury so they can still use the computer when the electric power goes off. They don’t realize if the power goes off while the computer is accessing the hard drive, the heads can hit disks and destroy all your files.

UPS systems also have powerful surge suppression built into the electrical outlets. They should protect your computer from all surges except perhaps a direct lightning strike. At the first sound of thunder, even at a distance, shut down your computer and unplug it, the telephone and/or cable modem.

A larger UPS will not use more electricity than a smaller one. All of them in the home and home/office size consume only several dollars worth of electricity per year. This is the electricity needed to operate the electronic circuitry, indicator lights and battery charging.

Selecting the proper size of UPS is important so it can handle the electrical requirements of your computer, monitor and any other peripheral equipment. The capacity of a UPS is rated in VA (volt- amps). site power supply calculator

If your system requires more electricity than the battery and inverter in the UPS are rated for, it will overload the unit and it will not perform properly.

You can just buy a large one to be safe, but it may cost $300 or more as compared to a properly sized starting at only $50. Look at the nameplates on your computer, monitor, etc. for the amps listed. Multiply this by 120 volts to get VA. The sum is the VA your system needs. You might increase this amount by 20 percent for any future computer components you may purchase. website power supply calculator

Most of the UPS manufacturers’ web sites also have online VA calculators. You just select the type of computer processor, number of drives, monitor size, and other peripherals and it recommends the proper size UPS.

Automatic voltage regulation (AVR) is a good feature to have. This is often available on all but the least expensive UPS systems. AVR automatically adjusts the voltage to your computer in case of low (brownouts) or high voltage conditions. When the voltage gets too low or high, the battery takes over.

Consider the number of electrical outlets you need on the UPS to handle the components. Some models include software which automatically closes files and programs and then shuts down the computer if the power goes off while you are away. Look for a model with an equipment replacement warranty if a surge damages your computer system. Some will cover $50,000 damage or more.

Update Bulletin No. 742 is a buyer’s guide of eight UPS manufacturers, listing 34 models, VA ratings, styles, dimensions, outlet types, AVR, warranties, software, features, prices, and a sizing chart for PC systems. Please send $3 and a business-size, self- addressed, stamped envelope to: James Dulley, Chicago Sun-Times, 6906 Royalgreen Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio 45244. Or you can download from: www.dulley.com.

Q. I was recently told that I should not let the cold water run when I brush my teeth because it wastes water and energy. I understand about the water, but how does it waste energy? It is cold water.

A. Running the cold water has little impact upon your own energy bills, but it does consume a lot of energy overall before the water gets to your house and after it leaves your house. Electricity is needed to pump water to the water tower and to run sewage pumps underground. The water you use is treated at the water plant using more energy. The treatment chemicals have to be manufactured and delivered to the plant which also consumes energy.

Engineer and author James Dulley writes from Cincinnati.

JAMES DULLEY


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