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Daylight Saving Time (DST)
3/11/2007 11:46:00 AM

As most of you already know, Daylight Saving Time (DST) switches today.  The Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandated a change to our existing DST system.  Although we still move the clocks forward and backward; the date of the move has changed.  This is somewhat problematic.

Our world continually becomes more automated.  With great technology comes great efficiency.  However, with great technology also comes great dependence. Most computers and electronic devices automatically adjust for DST these days.  The change in the DST schedule has "broken" lots of devices and computers that are unaware of the shift.  This is a problem.

One cannot have expected the Congress to have thought through the consequences of their "feel good" legislation, when they don't even read it.  Don't forget, the act also includes the right to roll back these revisions; should their poorly-reasoned whims change in the future.

Microsoft has been kind enough to offer patches for all of their newer operating systems.  They offer new DST support for Windows XP, Server 2003, and Vista (Longhorn).  Notably missing from this list are Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000.  I can understand not offering support for very old operating systems; but excluding Windows 2000 is unacceptable.  It's only running millions of business computers throughout the world.  Despite what Microsoft PR would like you to believe, Windows 2000 isn't gone just yet.  Generally, business PC's aren't upgraded.  They usually run their original operating system until they are retired.

I still have Windows 2000 boxes running; and they will remain 2000 until they fail or are retired.

Here's the good news... The timezone definitions are in the registry.  Careful registry revisions will allow you to update an older computer to the new DST schedule.