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Staycation: day five.

Power still off, but outside is warming up. So now it’s a big ice rink outside with people playing bumper cars with the real things.

Not interested in partaking in that particular contact sport, and as a result I’m still not leaving the house even if the worry about frozen pipes is fading.

Instead trying to see how far I can get on the remaining merge window pulls on just battery power. Not very far I bet, but at least something.

PGE claims power back tonight. Of course, they did that yesterday too…

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@torvalds Good luck! 🥶

Here's some fire to help out! 🔥

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@torvalds Oops. Hell froze over here too. :(

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@torvalds To their credit, PGE workers have been super quick to get that 150k customers number down to under 15k in the past three days.

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@torvalds That’s rough. I hope your house is well insulated (unlike ours, sigh) and that you can stay warm.

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@torvalds is there a forest nearby? do you have solar panels or a bike lamp and a fan??

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@tommythorn Well insulated? I wish. Old leaky house. “It has character”

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@torvalds I like the “captain’s log; day XX” vibe of the reporting here.

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@torvalds The ice storm dropped both grid and internet here this morning, so I suspect the PGE work queue has only increased. One does wonder what scheduler algorithm they're using?

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@torvalds I thought you would have invested in large battery system to keep you with power for laptop and microwave for a couple of months 😜

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@torvalds Best of luck to you, hopefully PGE is telling the truth this time!

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@torvalds I had this idea for a project a while back to see what kind of backup power system I could make with several car batteries in parallel and an inverter.

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@torvalds do you have a PV System to recharge the battery?

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@torvalds Good luck, Linus. Hopefully you get a UPS next time.

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@torvalds You probably have very big battery available -- in the car. You can even recharge it using the combustion power. That should give few days of computer use...
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@torvalds Here's hoping it comes on, soon! 🙏🏻

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@torvalds Scientifically this is expressed as: cars + ice + hills = angry insurance people. Stay safe, sir!

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