There have been a number of power cuts in Cape Town over the past few weeks. It kind of takes me back to the time when I worked in Mozambique – brownouts and blackouts were fairly common. I’ve been wondering what other colour ‘outs’ you get. I’ve also been wondering whether the time isn’t ripe to go into the generator business.
What made the most recent one particularly annoying is that I’d had my mouse pointer poised over the ‘save’ button when my screen winked out and everything else went dark. In case you’re curious, it really doesn’t matter how hard or furiously you click after that, it has no effect. Whatsoever. I probably only lost about 20 minutes’ worth of work, but since I had a number of documents and applications open simultaneously, it’s taken me a lot longer to sift through the files and corrupted data to try and figure out where the hell I was.
At least I wasn’t stuck in a lift with a group of flatulent fellows returning from a power lunch involving significant quantities of cabbage and garlic.