Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Solar Flare Problems?

My wife and I had independent simultaneous wireless failures yesterday morning. As I left the house to go to work, my wireless remote to the garage door did not work. I kept trying for about 20 seconds, holding it in different positions from inside and outside the car. Then it worked.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, my wife was using the wireless remote to our bedroom ceiling fan. It did not work for about 20 seconds, then started working again. At the end of the day, when we were exchanging stories about our day, we discovered this simultaneous remote failures. I then remembered this article about unusually large solar flares disrupting GPS.

So, are there weird ad hoc warps in the local electromagnetic spectrum that could disrupt short distance wireless devices for seconds at a time? Or, were we just subjected to a long distance alien experiment on long range pulse beam disrupter technology?

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