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Old 02-17-2007, 07:56 PM   #1
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The Race to Update Tech Gear by 3/11/07

Does Your Computer Know That Congress Changed Daylight-Saving Times?

By VAUHINI VARA and ROBERT A. GUTH

Lawmakers have lengthened daylight-saving time so that it will begin three weeks earlier this year than it used to. The idea is to shrink the hours between sunset and bedtime so that people will reduce the amount of electricity they use at home, thereby saving energy.

Now try explaining that to your computer.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005, meant to improve energy efficiency, included an item that called for "springing ahead" earlier than usual and "falling back" later than usual starting in 2007. That means daylight-saving time will now begin on the second Sunday of March instead of the first Sunday of April.

But the programs that run on personal computers and handheld devices such as BlackBerrys were built assuming that daylight-saving time would always kick in on the same weekend. The upshot: To avoid broader time-related troubles, some computer users will now have to scramble to update their software programs' internal clocks.
we all know the disaster that occurred last time

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Does my computer know?

Hell, I didn't even know until we got an email from IT about the approaching change.

Was it on the news at all that daylight savings time was changing? I would have thought that would be big news.
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We're working on communication materials for a major issue that is most likely going to affect our campus. We use Novell GroupWise for e-mail and calendaring. Once we implement a certain Windows DST patch on our servers, all calendar appointments made before the time the patch goes live for the dates that the new DST affects (2 in March and 1 in Nov) risk being 1 hour off. Not that big of a deal for someone like me, but for our admin assistance that do all the calendaring and scheduling of our VPs, Deans, Provost, and President that could mean a LOT of extra work.
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Old 02-17-2007, 09:06 PM   #4
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My Mac software update had something for this. So I said yes to the download and install.

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My OS and important software download and install their updates automatically so I suppose I'm OK.
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My Mac software update had something for this. So I said yes to the download and install.

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Same here. I also had no idea about DST being moved up...
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I also had no idea about DST being moved up...
I did. Apparently no one in Congress is old enough to remember when they tried something similiar to this :cough: 30+ :cough: years ago. I walked to school in the dark because some nimrod thought that extending DST all year might somehow "save energy." All it made us do was turn on more lights in the morning.
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I did. Apparently no one in Congress is old enough to remember when they tried something similiar to this :cough: 30+ :cough: years ago. I walked to school in the dark because some nimrod thought that extending DST all year might somehow "save energy." All it made us do was turn on more lights in the morning.
This isn't going to turn into one of those "I walked to school, it was 35 miles, in 10ft. snow, in the dark, uphill." stories, is it?
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Does my computer know?

Hell, I didn't even know until we got an email from IT about the approaching change.

Was it on the news at all that daylight savings time was changing? I would have thought that would be big news.
It was semi-big news when congress passed it, but then I suppose some celebrity died and it all got pushed aside.

If congress would stop trying to manipulate time by playing Einstein, they could effect some real energy savings by not only mandating more compact fluorescent use, but also mandating some recycling programs for the used bulbs. I take for granted that people don't have access to places to recycle the used CFL bulbs (since they contain some Mercury).

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This isn't going to turn into one of those "I walked to school, it was 35 miles, in 10ft. snow, in the dark, uphill." stories, is it?


It was only one mile.

But there were no sidewalks, and we weren't allowed to wear pants to school.

And it did to snow.


But all of that was when I was in Omaha in 196:cough:

The whole daylight-savings time BS was out here in Cali in 197:cough:
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It was only one mile.

But there were no sidewalks, and we weren't allowed to wear pants to school.

And it did to snow.


But all of that was when I was in Omaha in 196:cough:

The whole daylight-savings time BS was out here in Cali in 197:cough:
I live in Minnesota...so I understand the snow
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So we had our morning dept meeting today and everyone goes around the table briefing everyone else on current issues. When the whole "DST throwing off calendaring" issue came up, people were either laughing (anticipating how annoying this will be for us) or quite pissed. This is going to be a royal pain in the arse.

And it WILL affect Macs. It's not a problem with our GroupWise system b/c it also affects MS Exchange and Outlook.
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I know it'll affect Macs, but I've already downloaded the software update.
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I know it'll affect Macs, but I've already downloaded the software update.
This is different. The upcoming DST patch itself is actually what causes the calendars to be incorrect. The patch that Apple distributes is just for the computer, but these patches affect the mail servers and computers. For our Mac users that use these applications, the Apple-issued patch won't help, just as any Windows patches won't help PC users, since all their mail and calendar items are stored on servers.
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So, okay, what's the worst that's going to happen? Times will be an hour off?
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