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    Daylight Savings Time is different this year?
    I just read this article about how our fine government is assisting us in making our lives easier again. So thoughtful of them.

    Anyone else aware of this?

    If true, I apologize in advance for being an hour late the whole month of March...ha,ha.....


    Daylight Savings Time switch could hurt office technology:
    A Grand Rapids tech consultant warned Tuesday that a little-known glitch could soon confound computer systems -- well, at least computer calendars -- across the United States. And this glitch isn't the product of lazy or cheap software code writers, a la the Y2K bug, or a nefarious hacker. This little gem is compliments of the United States government.

    Congress passed legislation to extend the U.S. observation of daylight savings time in 2005, in what was touted as a benign effort to squeeze a little more evening light out of our workdays. The legislation moved the start of DST forward in 2007 by three weeks -- it will begin this year on March 11, rather than the traditional first Saturday in April. At the close of the season, DST won't end until Nov. 4, a week later than the traditional last Saturday in October.

    The problem is that programs like Microsoft Outlook are programmed to make the time switch on the traditional April and October dates. So when the changes are made according to the new DST schedule, programs that depend on a computer's internal clock -- calendaring and scheduling applications, for example -- won't align with real time. In addition, many calendaring applications don't simply use the computer clock; they often set their own time flags to allow scheduling in multiple time zones.

    Simply adjusting the computer clock will cause an appointment that was coded for Eastern Standard Time to show up one hour off after the computer clock is updated with the new DST schedule. If only the computer clock is updated and not the corresponding calendar items, appointments in the changed DST window for this year and future years are all impacted by one hour.

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    Microsoft has some patches out already that you can download and apply.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx
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    thanks michelle!

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    I like the idea of an earlier DST. It means another hour to play golf...

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    This last year was most of Indiana's first time to do daylight savings, and they are changing it already on us ... uck, wish we could go back to the way it was.
    KK

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    Yup, Sure ... now let me check ... Cagles Mill's Avatar
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    This last year was most of Indiana's first time to do daylight savings, and they are changing it already on us ... uck, wish we could go back to the way it was.
    Amen!!
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