I started off my day at home today, but there was a big windstorm that knocked out power for 50,000 customers this morning. When I called PG&E to report it, they offered to let me set up a wake-up call using an automated system. I must admit that it was quite a surprise to hear about that extra level of service. Generally, I do not expect utilities to provide for needs above and beyond the basic service that they provide.
(The conspiratorial part of me wonders why the power company has rolled out this service. Did they get sued by some employer who claimed that no wake-up alarms made a large number of their employees late and therefore, the suit sought to recover loss due to late employees?)
My UPS worked fine, though I don’t have enough run time to do much except go to my rack and power everything down. I should figure out how to get it to trigger a network shutdown so that everything doesn’t go down hard in case I’m not at home.