Millions of PC users across the country are going to be in for a rude awakening come March 11, 2007. That’s when the new Daylight Saving Time goes into effect in 48 States.
So what does that mean to you? Well, if you use any Windows Operating System from Windows 95 through XP (Pro or Home) Service Pack 1, you could be facing a big problem. And it doesn’t matter if your PC is used in your home, or in your office.
If your PC is trusted to do any type of program operation based on time, you may run into an unforeseen problem when March rolls around.
Those folks running the previously mention Operating Systems wrongly assume that their PC’s will automatically switch to DST. They are right. BUT, not until April. By then, you could have a real problem on your hands.
Here’s a portion of an email that a major corporation sent out to all of it’s offices nation wide. “The list of impacted systems could include anything from the Heating/AC system to Access Door Controls to Trading Systems and Blackberries. ”
The company also noted: “All associates using the Outlook Calendar will be impacted by this change. In order for Outlook to see the new DST rules, an updated tool must be run on every user’s PC. ”
While Microsoft will provide a free “fix” for users of XP with Service Pack 2 or 3, other users could be left dangling in the wind. Or, they can contact Microsoft for a fix, at a fee.
The bottom line is, you need to update your PC’s clock/calendar system as soon as possible to avoid any type of log jam or delay in your projects. The sooner you take steps to correct this on your PC, the quicker you’ll be able to breath easy.
Peter Egeler is the co-creator of DST-Update. The system provides a simple solution to the DST problem with just the click of a button. Learn more about DST-Update at: http://www.dst-update.com