WASHINGTON: Hurricane Sandy is threatening the Eastern Seaboard, and meteorologists are predicting no mercy from the Category 1 storm's rain and winds. Apart from the water and wind damage, hurricanes have a history of knocking out the tech that keeps us going.
Housing hundreds of computers that power sites like Netflix and Dropbox, Amazon, Apple and Google all rely on these server farms. And we all rely on the cloud services they provide -- Amazon’s cloud is powering at least one percent of the entire Internet.
The servers, housed largely in Virginia and other high-intensity storm zones, have had a history of being taken down, but companies are feverishly working to fortify their centers before Sandy strikes.
So if all goes well, those pinned down by the storm can keep busy on Pinterest and Reddit until Sandy blows away.
If you have a car charger, plug in your device during your next drive to the supermarket. You can find very inexpensive versions compatible with most portable devices on retail sites like Amazon. But try to preserve the environment — don't cruise your car just to charge your phone. Kill two birds with one stone and make an errand out of it.