Hurricane Irene – Testing Our Infrastructure

The past 24 hours have been filled with a lot of media hype, some rain, some wind, and a few darwin awards. In my home at the Jersey Shore we still have a ‘situation’ — no electricity.

Luckily we are served well by Twitter and can find out storm details by fellow local internet users, thank you Twitter.

Internet access has remained available, thanks to the awesome local ISPs and UPS units on our modems.

Amazon Web Services seemed to have no outages during this storm, thank you AWS.

Thank you also to AT&T and Verizon for keeping our cellular services online. I’m posting this via a tethered iPhone.

However the electricity infrastructure has proved to be unable to handle single points of failure. We are on day 2 of no power, thanks to a broken transformer miles away.

1 – Why don’t we have high-availability redundant infrastructure?

2 – Why don’t we have safer, less vulnerable, underground power lines?

We need to develop a redundant system like the internet for our electric. I won’t hold my breath. For now I’ll take it into my own hands and outfit my place with solar and diesel backup solutions.

Thank you Irene for testing our infrastructure.

Update: I just ordered this generator so I can keep writing code during power outages.

Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt 79cc OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant)