I want to monitor a common, electrical outlet for A/C power loss. The outlet is for our upright freezer in the garage. My idea is to have this notebook plugged into the same circuit, and to monitor for when the PC goes from A/C to battery. When that happens, I want to know immediately. SMS, email, net send to the home network, whatever.
The PC currently runs Business Vista, but I can co-install Ubuntu if necessary. Likewise, no UPS recommendations please. Just bare bones, if power is lost, panic.