Daylight Saving Time Bringing Problems with Electronic Devices

By: Gary Loe
By: Gary Loe

Knoxville (WVLT) - An early start this year to daylight saving time is bringing a problem along with it some electronic experts are calling it "Baby Y2K."

The problem will affect electronic devices created before the daylight saving time change was approved in 2005.

Volunteer TV's Gary Loe reports what products could be affected, and how you can overcome it.

The "Baby Y2K" problem is not bringing the drama of the Y2K computer bug, but a software glitch could create difficulties for electronics users.

Software created before the law changed in 2005 is set to automatically advance its timekeeping by one hour on the first Sunday in April, not the second Sunday in March.

The problem is expected to show up on computers, Microsoft's website warns of potential problems with its Windows and Outlook programs.

A common fix is to reprogram the machines with the updated start and end dates for daylight saving time.

Stephen Bradley with PC of Mind Technologies says, "It can be an annoyance and definitely a nuisance for certain people, especially if you're in a business environment, it could cause some problems."

Stephen Bradley, owner of PC of Mind in Knoxville, says many technology providers are releasing downloadable software patches, with the automatic update feature that fixes the problem.

But, it's difficult to know how widespread it will be.

It may throw off cell phones, VCR's, and stock trades.

"We have a team of associates who are working very fast and furiously to make sure that customers are not impacted, and that at 2 a.m. on March 11th, that the cell phone will reflect the proper time, one hour ahead," says Jack Brundige with U. S. Cellular.

Software experts recommend double checking any timekeeping products when we spring forward one hour on March 11th.

And again when daylight saving time stays a little later this year, on November 4th.

New computers running Windows Vista are immune because Vista was finalized after the 2005 law passed.


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