Daylight savings changes in the works



According to several sources, including a CNN story, it looks as though daylight savings time won’t be quite the same. The House and Senate have agreed on a compromise Energy Bill which will add 4 weeks to daylight savings time. It would start 3 weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March and end one week later, the first Sunday in November.

So what impact might this have in our heavily computerized age? Computers usually auto-adjust daylight savings based on knowing what day the change will happen (which Sunday in April, October currently). So, I’m wondering what things may break first? If it goes into effect this fall we may see a few wrinkles in unexpected places. I know there was a lot of hype about Y2k and certainly don’t image this to be “a disaster”, but I do expect some annoyances here and there. Maybe even pieces of hardware which can’t be software updated to adjust to the new rules?

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  1. Avery J. Parker - Web site hosting and computer service Says:


    [...] The Boston Globe has a story about todays energy bill signing and an issue which I mentioned once before. It seems that there are many devices that are hardwired to change to DST on a fixed schedule. The Boston Globe is reminded of the concerns over the Y2K bug. I don’t imagine this will be a BIG problem, but I suspect to see it as a nuisance. The changes will start with the beginning of daylight savings time 2007 according to the article. (The change will take place that year three weeks earlier than we currently “spring forward”.) [...]

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