not all power strips are surge protectors

that’s the startling revelation i made a few days ago about the power strips in my house. i thought that i only bought surge protectors, but it turns out that there are several non-surge protecting power strips scattered throughout the house! i never really noticed or cared before, but while i was looking at line conditioners for my new home theatre setup, it occurred to me that i may have power strips in my house.

i checked around and, ‘lo and behold, it’s true. i guess i’ll go and get some surge protectors soon. you always hear about how you need surge protection and all, but i’ve often chalked that up to paranoia. it wasn’t until a friend’s house or power lines got struck by lightning and rendered virtually all of their electronics worthless did i ever really believe that it could really happen.