Yes, you should care about Daylight Savings Time this year

Every year, we get treated to an extra (or lost) hour of sleep or work when Daylight Savings Time changes. This year, there may be many lost hours of sleep if you aren’t watching your computer systems.

That’s because this year DST starts three weeks earlier. Yep, Congress changed when it starts. The problem is that a lot of computer systems “understand” DST, but they understand it happening at a certain time, so they are going to be mighty confused when it happens on a different day.

For anyone running Microsoft software at home or at work, we have a web-based tool for figuring out what needs to be changed. This also applies if you are running any time of mobile phone which understands DST (definately Windows Mobile, and probably Blackberries too). Our tool is here and walks you through what you need.

If you are running Team Foundation Server, don’t forget that it creates a SharePoint portal whenever you create a new Team Project, so be sure to patch it as well.

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  • Grig Gheorghiu March 1, 2007, 8:04 pm

    Thanks for the link to the tool, Cory, as synchronicity wants it, I was just googling around for such a thing!

    Grig

  • Cory Foy March 1, 2007, 8:13 pm

    Glad to help! ;)

  • Jason Darling March 1, 2007, 11:54 pm

    Good to get the word out, Cory. I installed mine last week and forwarded it to my family, since I will be their tech support when their time is off!