What's New: Y2-Daylight

As Congress ponders changing Daylight Saving Time, there are ramifications for computer users worldwide, especially those on older operating systems. The law expected to be signed into law Friday would begin daylight-saving time three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March, and extend it by one week to the first Sunday in November. This change would begin in March 2007.

However millions of computers worldwide have been programmed to change their clocks on the current schedule, which means that in 2007 they will be wrong four weeks out of the year. By 2007, for example, it is likely that Microsoft will claim Windows 95, 98, and 2000 are no longer supported, and may not even issue patches for this change in the standard. Other operating systems, devices, and computing appliances that automatically change time may be in the same boat.

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 10:39 pm CDT

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