Seems surge protectors and UPS units are more or less worthless when
it comes to a direct lightning strike nearby. Is that, in fact, the
case? I don't care about suddenly losing power (e.g. I save my work
every few minutes) so a UPS doesn't interest me.
The cheapest and most certain solution, I guess, is unplugging my
computer every time I'm not using it. A bit of a pain, but it seems
the only guarantee anyone has been able to give me.
To make it easier, I'm wondering if there's any sort of cheap circuit
breaker I could buy that would allow me to flip a switch on my
computer desk rather than reaching way down in the back to the outlet
and yanking the cord.
Failing that, what about plugging one power strip into another, and
unplugging one from the other when I'm not using the computer? Is
there anything funky about drawing current via an intermediary power
strip? Sure, I could have a power strip with a long enough length to
mount to my computer desk, but then I'd also have to individually
unplug the monitor, CPU, printer, and other devices I have connected.
What's a good solution here?