Tonight in Leavenworth, there are storms. Over the weather radio, I have heard several alerts—severe thunderstorm, flash flooding, and even a tornado warning south of where I live. Needless to say, the power is out.
Spending the last couple of years in El Paso, I think we lost power once during the entire two and a half years. So, when we lost power tonight, we had to improvise. I still wanted to write a blog post, I had something to write, and I have absolutely nothing else to do. So here are my tools for low power blogging.
HP Stream Computer: My small HP Stream is great for situations with low power. It has a long battery life—which I actually charged just last night. It is slimmed down for writing, so it doesn’t take forever to start up, nor does it run constantly in the background. From the USB port, I have been able to charge my iPhone. So the computer itself is quite useful.
IPhone: My iPhone 6 is very useful, I am able to watch the local radar and receive messages regarding the storm. In a pinch, I can use it as a flashlight. But, for blogging—it is very useful when I’m able to harness a connection for internet and then use the phone as a personal hotspot. Without power, our main residential internet is useless. But with the personal hotspot, I at least can pull in a slow internet signal enough to transfer this blog post up to the server.
Using the internet in the dark is not ideal, but when the internet is down, it is still possible to continue to write and post with a lightweight computer and a personal hot spot.