Springing forward, and avoiding glitches
Daylight savings may be beginning three weeks earlier this year, but technology users who take a few small precautions are unlikely to suffer any major complications. But just in case, technicians at Best Buy and Circuit City are making their technicians available to deal with any such problems- showing that retailers are taking the opportunity to offer their customers extra service.
In a bid to save energy, a 2005 federal law called the Energy Policy Act decreed that beginning in 2007, daylight savings time would begin three weeks earlier, and end three weeks later. Therefore, Americans will “spring forward” on March 11 this year, as opposed to around April 1. And, in a reprise of 2000’s much-hyped Y2K problem, there is some concern that the change in the calendar will lead to glitches in some older software systems.
But just as with Y2K, the changeover is unlikely to greatly affect existing inventory. Computers, cell phones, PDAs and other electronic devices have for years been programmed to change their clocks automatically during the two annual changing periods. Nearly all software produced since 2005, including the new Windows Vista and Office 2007, has been programmed in order to update the daylight savings date correctly.