DST starts early!

March 8th, 2007 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

Remember that DST (Daylight Saving Time) is early this year in the US and some provinces of Canada thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  This means that we spring forward on the second Sunday in March and fall back the first Sunday in November instead of the usual slots of the first Sunday in April and and the last Sunday of October.   

Now, remember Y2K?  Well, this change is being called Y2K6 and there are a lot of people who are seriously concerned that this is going to cause computers, software and other hardware that relies on storing accurate time a lot of grief. 

Windows users need to make sure that they have applied patches.  If you run Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 then last month’s Patch Tuesday downloads should have bought the updates to your PC (if you have Windows Updates disabled then you need to make sure that you download these before Sunday).  Same goes for apps like Microsoft Outlook (the best place to download these is from Microsoft Update). 

Remember though that it’s not just Microsoft software that’s affected.  Any other software that relies on having an accurate time should be checked or needs updating.  Things that don’t update automatically will need to be adjusted manually and things that can’t cope with the early DST change, well, hopefully you can disable automatic DST detection and change the time manually.

If you are worried about problems or downsides come Monday 12th, I suggest that you spend the next couple of days checking and testing and that you have some contingency plans in place for Monday morning!

Remember, if an F-22 Raptor crossing the International Date Line can have computer troubles, so can your PC!!!!

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