05 March 2007

The High Cost Of Global Warming Hysteria

Earlier date for springing forward may lead to ‘mini Y2K’ (Rowena Vergara, Rockford Register Star, 3/3/07)
It’s been compared to a “mini Y2K” — some electronic devices will be confused by the new date for daylight-saving time.

Although it’s more of a nuisance than a catastrophe in the making, older computers, PDAs and DVRs may not automatically update their times when daylight-saving comes three weeks early this year — on March 11.

The date change was established by the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, which was passed to get Americans to cut energy consumption. The thinking is that less energy will be used toward the end of the day if the sun’s out later.
My wife just got a new Palm TX to replace her old T3. Friday, she noticed something odd: her appointments from March 13 through April 6 were all showing up on her desktop calendar one hour early. Her PDA knows about the change, her desktop software doesn't, and it thinks it's adjusting the appointment time across time zones. The only fix seems to be manual.

3 comments:

Susan's Husband said...

Clearly the solution is to extend Daylight Savings Time to be year round.

Harry Eagar said...

Or move to Hawaii. We don't have Daylight Saving Time, and so far as ever I've heard it hasn't deranged anybody's software.

jd said...

Arizona also eschews mucking about with the clocks twice a year, with no apparent problem.