Electrical Storm Got You “Down?”

It’s always a good policy to keep your computer on a surge protector.  Every cable which runs from outside to your computer should be surge protected, this includes phone lines or coaxial cable if you have a tv tuner.
Also you’ll want to make sure that you have a surge protector and not just a power strip.
A power strip looks very similar to a surge protector but rather than protecting from over or under-voltage it simply splits a power source.
Many surge protectors come with high priced warranties (into the hundreds of thousands of dollars) and if you register them any equipment that get damaged while plugged in to said surge protector will be completely covered by the warranty (how hard that is to collect on I wouldn’t know ).
However if you do end up getting zapped, I’m more than happy to take a look at your computer.  Some computer repair shops will recommend an entirely new computer if there is an overvoltage.  They’ll claim that the entire computer has been compromised and is unreliable now.  This is untrue. Bring it to me and I’ll gladly get it fixed up for you so long as it’s not a heaping pile of melted silicon