Death of the Driveway Cam

image This image is the last image posted to my blog by the Driveway Cam.  It tells me exactly when the lightning struck that destroyed my Camera Computer. 09:19:30 this morning.

It sounded like the lightning hit the house (and it may have – it’s still raining so I haven’t been able to go out and check).

Power went out immediately – and when it came back on my little Dell Server would not power back up.  I haven’t had time to look at it closely, but it certainly appears to be dead. 

Yes, it was on a surge protector.

But it died anyway.  I think tomorrow I’ll go buy the best surge protection I can for my new big screen TV – I would be really upset if that was destroyed!

So, lesson learned – cheap surge protectors aren’t cheap, and they don’t offer much protection!