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IMPORTANT: Update your calendar software

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Feb-2007 11:23

Note the U.S. Daylight Saving Time is different this year! This is because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Why is this so important to be posted here? I am sure a lot of Geekzone readers and people reading my little blog here live in the U.S. If you do not live in the U.S. but have plans to travel to the U.S. soon this is also applicable. If you create an appointment using a timezone in the U.S. and it falls during their DST then you might have problems.
 
If you rely on your PDA, smartphone, or any other computer for managing your time, be aware that those devices may not have the correct DST information, and all your appointments in the US during a certain period in March 2007 will be shifted by one hour.

You must update your devices with new information. Companies have developed patches for this.

If you use a Windows Mobile device, or Microsoft Outlook, or have an Exchange Server on your company look for more information and read this article. If you or your company runs Microsoft Exchange Servers there is an automatic update for that. There's an automatic update for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. The article has links to a patch for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Windows Mobile Smartphones.

Every step on that article is important.

You don't want to miss your flight, or that important meeting, right? So go and nag your IT department until they apply this patch to their servers, and you have the Outlook and Windows Mobile patch applied. This has to be done everywhere in the world, because if you take your laptop on a trip to the U.S. and change the timezone, the appointment times will be wrong! Same for your mobile device.

I am not sure about patches for Palm OS, Symbian OS, or Apple Mac OS. But they all are bound to have this problem, since the law is just a couple of years old. Check with their support.

For correct DST dates in the U.S. check this article.

Have I strresed this enough now? Go and update.






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