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calendar   Thursday - March 01, 2007

Daylight Saving Time Headache

In August of 2005, the United States Congress passed the Energy Policy Act. The Energy Policy Act changes the start dates and the end dates of daylight saving time (DST). When this law goes into effect in 2007, DST will start three weeks earlier on March 11, 2007 and end one week later on November 4, 2007. These dates are referred to in this article as the “extended DST period.”

Now how does this affect you? In every way possible probably. You see, most of your electronic devices (including computers) that maintain internal clocks are programmed to switch to Daylight Saving Time from April to October. Some of these devices, like your cable TV box and cell phone, get their time “pushed” down to them from a central location and will not be affected. Other devices, like your personal computer have to be told about the new rules.

I’m going to offer you a little help to get you though this mess which will occur in 10 days. First of all, this will apply only to you folks in the United States and who are running (1) Microsoft Windows computers, which something like 98% of desktop users are running and (2) Linux, which I know a lot of you are switching to nowadays. I can’t help you with Macintosh computers because I rarely use them at work and am not that familiar with them. Contact Apple for information.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/01/2007 at 11:21 AM   
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