Reddit user uses Tasker to aid during Hurricane Sandy

tasker poweroutage - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereTasker can be used for a ridiculous amount of things, which is why I can write so much about it. Proof of this comes from a Reddit user who shared his story of how Tasker helped him stay on top of hurricane Sandy a couple of days ago:

Last night the brunt of hurricane Sandy passed overhead. The sump pump in my basement was running continuously and after watching the water levels with the pump disabled I figured I’d have about ten minutes to start my generator and get the pump back online before the sump filled with water. I was running on fumes and with no way of knowing whether the power was out if I fell asleep I set up a super-simple Tasker profile to raise an alarm if the phone was not on a/c power.

Around 5:30am this morning the alarm went off without a hitch as the power failed. It did end up coming back on minutes later, but if it hadn’t I would have still managed a dry basement.

Thanks.

What he actually did here was to create a simple profile that alerted him if the device stopped charging, which in this case would mean that the power had gone out. That way he would have time to start the generator and keep his pump running, even if he was asleep at the time of the outage. The profile itself is a very simple one context, one action deal, but the job it does is crucial. It worked, too, even though the power came back on almost immediately. It’s a brilliant use of Tasker, and goes to show that it doesn’t have to be complicated to work.

[Reddit via Tasker Google Group]
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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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