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Daylight Savings Time for Windows, Windows Mobile 5, and Mac OS X

In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. Government changed when we change our clocks for Daylight Savings Time (DST). Here are the deets of the change: (I copied it from Sun Microsystem’s Sun Developer Network)

“The United States has planned a change to its DST observance beginning in 2007. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandates that DST will start on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. In 2007, the start and stop dates will be March 11 and November 4, respectively. These dates are different from previous DST start and stop dates. In 2006, the dates were the first Sunday in April (April 2, 2006) and the last Sunday in October (October 29, 2006).”

Due to this change, everyone with a computer, smartphone, PDA, etc. will have to install a software patch to account for the change. Yeah, it’s a pain in the ass and Microsoft doesn’t make it easy for you to determine if you need to patch your system (Apple auto-includes it in the Software Update). So, I thought I’d make it easy for you all and just tell you what you need to do:

Mac OS X (10.3 & 10.4)

You’ll need to do a Software Update to get the patch. You do this by clicking the blue Apple logo in the upper left-hand corner of your desktop and then choose “Software Update.” Links to 10.3.9 knowledge base article & 10.4.8 KB article.

Windows Vista

You don’t need to do anything if you’re running Vista because they’ve already accounted for the DST change.

Windows XP

You need to download and install a DST patch. You can get it on Microsoft’s Knowledge Base (you can also use this link if you have Windows Server 2003). FYI, this patch may be included in Windows Update. Since I’m running Vista Ultimate, I can’t confirm.

Window Mobile 5

You’ll need to download the DST patch from the Windows Mobile site onto your computer. Then, connect your WM device to your PC and double-click the patch to install it onto your Windows Mobile device. One strange thing that happened to me after the installation: my T-Mobile Dash displayed a message saying the ‘software I installed may not be compatible with Windows Mobile 5.’ And, yes, I installed the patch specifically for Windows Mobile 5 – go figure. I haven’t verified if the patch works…I’ll just roll the dice and wait until March 11. šŸ˜‰

Btw, make sure you follow the instructions on the Windows Mobile site to make sure it’s installed correctly.

Well, there you have it – enjoy!


Filed under: Daylight Savings Time, How-To, MacOSX, Mobile Software, Software, Vista, Windows, Windows Mobile

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