The power went out at work today. It was brief. All the computers shutdown. The power came back and everything rebooted. It was a brief glitch. The only way it could have been more reminiscent of Samoa was if I was in the middle of teaching a computer class to a room of 15 students and the power had stayed off for two days. Strangely enough, the UPS in America are just as ineffective as the ones in Samoa. I asked the boss, "Hey, isn't this what your ups are supposed to keep from happening?" his reply? "In theory."