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    Make sure you save your work on the computer every minute...

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    The generator here 'sucks'.... it was good until last semester where it use to take over if there was a power cut within a fraction of a second, but apparently now it takes forever, and there are 'MANY' students on the island who do not have batteries on their laptop just for the fact that...it got fried. So either you keep on saving your work every minute and who cares if you not studying and paying all your attention in saving your work, or keep your fingers crossed that there won't be any power cut..ya alright.. second option is out the door.
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    Generator...

    I agree the current generators are no where near powerfull enough to power the whole school. But the power outages have gotten a lot less frequent since I first started here. Back in med 1 we would be on generator power for hours at a time quite regularly.

    Nevis is currently investing some big money in Geothermal electricity production so in the future hopefully the power outages will no longer exist.

    As for burned out laptops... I have, in all my 5 semesters here, not seen one laptop get fried due to electricity. I've seen them dropped, coffee spilled on them, and normal windows malfunctions, but none burning out due to electric problems.
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    New Generator

    Along with the new building will be an extremely powerful new generator that will solve the issues and will be up and running by the end of May.

    Agree with EGX that the power outages are few and far between and I have never heard of a laptop being "fried" but I have heard of work lost and that is terrible sometimes when you are in the middle of something important.

    If anyone has had a fried laptop from a power outage I wish they would please come show me.

    Thanks to all for the constructive advice

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    I respectfully disagree with that statement, that power outages on the island are infrequent and that computers do not get "fried." Power outages do happen on the island and the frequency of them is dependent on the time of year. Obviously in the summer's when it is hotter and people use the AC more frequently, electricity demand tends to exceed supply. With that being said this is simply a fact of life of living in a developing nation in the Caribbean.
    As for computer getting fried it does happen, it happened to my roommate when he was on the island, and two other friends of mine. this to is another unfortunate consequence of living in the Caribbean.
    This is not to say this is not a serious concern for students, because it most certainly is, as such i have the following suggestions.

    1) Buy an APC multi-adapter, its basically a high end power cord, it will protect your computer from getting fried in the event of a power outage, also the device comes with a warranty, which basically says they will fix your computer, in the event the device fails.

    2) Buy an external hard drive your going to need one anyway down the road, and back up all your work onto their, i have gone through two computer in my time with MUA and have been saved by the fact i backed everything up.

    3) In the even your computer is damaged or "fried" attempt to salvage the hard drive, it maybe possible to retrieve information.

    4) Also in the event your computer cannot be saved go see Dr. A or the Filipino computer tech guy, when my computer got busted the first time he was pretty helpful.

    5) if you have Dell there is a Dell repair store on st. Martin, its an expensive flight and a pain in the butt, but its another option.

    6) Speak with Dr. A hes the Macgyver of MUA the only thing holding that school together in one piece is him and role of duck tape (Just kidding). He can also give you further advice on how to protect yourself

    Our computer as one professor at MUA put it "our brains" and as such we must take every precaution to take care of them.

    So in conclusion, to say power outages do not happen frequently, when in any third world country they commonly do, and to say just because you didn't hear of an instance of a computer being "fried" doesn't happen, is quite frankly ignorant and wrong.

    What more troubling is that both of the people saying this are is member of the administration, and a high ranking member of the student body. If you want the school to be better, i respectfully suggest to both of you to get a better handle on the students pulse, before writing seemingly dismissive comments saying that these things are infrequent or dont happen, rather give SOLUTIONS, as i have outlined above.
    Please do not take this post as a negative commentary or any kind of an attack, it is not meant to be. I merely wanted to point out solutions to an existing problem (which occur in many Caribbean schools) and provide a solution, as well as make the observation that your comments tend to be somewhat misinformed and seemingly evasive rather then substantiative solutions, and perhaps that is why some people get such as myself get frustrated with.
    Just something i would like you guys to consider thank you.

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    Points well taken

    Totatlly agree with your constructive post that is exactly what I am hoping for your suggestions are EXCELLENT!

    Wasn't trying to be dismissive. And I still say the power outages are few and far between but they do occur. Power outages absolutely occur we had 2 during the Kaplan Post test last week but they were very brief. My power has gone off a few times in the past month at my home but usually between 5 and 7am. (a real problem if you sleep with a CPAP machine!). Prior to that and since I have been here late last fall we have not experienced any prolonged outages at the school that I can remember but again I don't pay attention all the time if I am reading.

    The DEFINITIVE solution is the new generator that is coming next month that will fire up the whole campus 24/7 with a very short kick in if the power is out. You weill STILL need to take Caribe123's advice re protection.

    I am on here to get the "pulse" of the school but sadly I seem to only get the pulse of the disgruntled...

    Again I may be "ignorant" but if someone has had a computer fried please come tell me or PM me I'd like to know "specifics" not just hear say!. Thanks!

    Dean T
    Medical University of the Americas, Nevis

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