ONE THING YOU should consider if you live or work near an area frequented by construction crews: protect your gear with line noise cleaners (that's a Liebert AccuVar 50 shown at right), surge suppressors or back-up power. I learned this while working in the fourth building constructed at Citywest Business Park in 1999. We would lose power once a day in the building but the IBM AS/400 computers would keep churning out code and the RPG programmers would continue satisfying clients. I watched the marketing team handle many of their calls on their mobile phones because the Meridian phone system would also trap incoming calls in voice mail. But I failed to use a desktop UPS for my own gear so I skewered a few weeks worth of web analytics one day in the middle of a data transfer. It was recoverable but a nuisance nonetheless. Now I'm seeing problems where I live and often work because the building crew often interrupts power twice a day. Today, the power went while I was moving an unfinished podcast from a portable Targa Databox to my hard drive and I corrupted 42 minutes of audio. That's recoverable but a nuisance nonetheless. So now I'm in the hunt for desktop UPS that I can put in a box closet along with 500 GB of scratch work.