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Weathering the Storms: Did your Network Survive?

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Posted: 14 Oct 2004

We've just passed through an unbelievably harsh hurricane season in Florida, the Bahamas, Haiti, and other points near the Bermuda Triangle (hmmm). Hurricanes Jeanne, Ivan, Frances and Charley caused as much as $26 billion in damage, according to AIR Worldwide Corp. The storms marked the first time in Florida's recorded history that four hurricanes have hit the state in the same year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The question in our minds is: what happened to the networks of all the people involved in the hurricanes? We know everyone has a Disaster Recovery Plan, but there's nothing like 120 mile per hour winds to expose the flaws in such plans.

If you are an IT professional who had to weather one of these storms, please let us know how you did (assuming your email still works). We'll award these nifty Solar Navigator Lanterns to the best five stories, and every entry we publish will get a Novell t-shirt.

Hope to hear from you soon! Email your entries to Photos are welcome.

Contest ends 1 December 2004

Please note: anything you send in is fair game for posting in Cool Solutions.

About the Solar Navigator

The Solar Navigator is a ultra thin, durable and technologically advanced Solar Rechargeable Lantern. With features like a pivoting light reflector, light output up to 7 hours on high and a built in solar panel that recharges the lantern in the sun; the Solar Navigator offers unparalleled versatility and performance. It has an attached Solar Panel, and also has 2 other ways to charge. The auto adaptor and UL listed house adaptor which stores in the back of the unit and is included. With a built-in emergency feature, leaving the light plugged into the house current and the on/off switch in the on position, if there is a power failure, the light automatically turns on.

Its durable design makes it perfect for camping, boating, emergency lighting for power failures and any activity that requires bright, dependable light. This slim design lantern, 8.3" x 3.1" x 14.6" has a 9-watt energy efficient u-tube. There is a pivoting light reflector that allows you to direct the light output for maximum illumination. This is the brightest, longest lasting and highest quality Solar Powered Lantern we've found.

The SL9100WG model comes with AM/FM Radio with the Weather Channel, this makes the Navigator perfect for the outdoors or keeping informed in case of emergencies. The SL9100WG also has a built-in Anti-mosquito Repeller. This helps to keep mosquitos away within a 15 foot radius.

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