Power outages and electrical surges can turn a productive day into a failure if you don't take precautions NOW rather than later. You know, horse, barn door and all that.
The easiest thing for you to do is save your work regularly. It may sound simple but it is surprising how many people get so involved in their work and want to just finish one more thing that they don't stop and save midway through the project. Sometimes it may take a minute to save, which doesn't seem like much time if you are doing something you enjoy, but it does seem like a lot of time when you are sitting there listening to your computer spin. Another reason this is so important is that it doesn't take a full power outage to shut down your system. We have brownouts, small power surges or drops, constantly throughout the day. They may not be enough to notice a difference when you are in an elevator, but your computer is very sensitive and that small flicker can really ruin your day.
Another reason to save is that if you have your computer set to down load new information automatically, it can clash with your operating functions if, in that split second, there are too many tasks happening at once. Your software may stop responding and you will be left with no choice but to shut down, without the option to save your work, and there goes your day.
Fries may be good when you are eating, but not when you are working. Sadly for me, I speak from experience. Lucky for you, I speak from experience. Check with me next week because I will be talking about fries part two.