Ice Storm 2008 - Sanford, MaineI live in the woods in the suburbs of Sanford in Southern Maine.  We often loose power so my wife and I decided to invest in a Generac power generator for our house.  Last night and all day today the generator has been running to power our furnace, kitchen and a few lights.

Life for the most part when we loose power is pretty good.  Usually the Internet works and the phones pretty much never go out.

I woke up this morning to the phone ringing and as I walked toward the hand set I remembered we had no power.  I thought to myself no power, no problem.  “Hello”

“Michael it’s Julie, we are at the office and there is no power.”

I was still waking up. “Who is this?”

“It’s Julie, at plixer, we have no power and the generator isn’t running, everything is dark. What do we do.”

Oh I thought, that’s right, I work with Julie at Plixer. 🙂 “Send everyone home, we can all work from home via the internet”.

After we hung up it occurred to me that our CRM and phone system would be down but, it didn’t matter, we still had email and online chat via the internet.  Everyone could still work.

I went down to check my email and realized I had no access to the internet.  Everyone could work but me!  I realized after a few calls that very few of us had power or internet access.  The problems caused by the ice storm were getting serious.

My neighbor called a short while later.  “Mike, this is Mark, the road is blocked by down trees.  Can you get out?”.  We had a brief conversation which let to me putting on some warm cloths and heading down the driveway with my chain saw.

I’ll take cold weather and ice storms over Hurricanes and floods but, we still feel the effects of mother nature when she unleashes her wrath. Here are some videos:

From talking to others in Sanford over the weekend, it is interesting how these disasters sometimes pull communities together.

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Michael is one of the Co-founders and the former product manager for Scrutinizer. He enjoys many outdoor winter sports and often takes videos when he is snowmobiling, ice fishing or sledding with his kids. Cold weather and lots of snow make the best winters as far as he is concerned. Prior to starting Somix and Plixer, Mike worked in technical support at Cabletron Systems, acquired his Novell CNE and then moved to the training department for a few years. While in training he finished his Masters in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University and then left technical training to pursue a new skill set in Professional Services. In 1998 he left the 'Tron' to start Somix which later became Plixer.


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