Changing daylight saving time

Bobby Woolf notes that the US is changing the cycle of Daylight Saving Time in 2007.

This change affects my favourite product. The details are in this Technote. Basically, the Java VM needs to be upgraded, and certain MRM message sets will also be affected – a new fixpack will become available in advance of March 2007 when the DST change comes into effect.

Worth noting that WebSphere MQ may be partially affected, too… in this case it is just the JVM which may be an issue, not MQ or the MQ Java or JMS classes themselves.

Of course, whether this DST change will have a significant impact on US energy usage is a debatable point…

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4 responses to “Changing daylight saving time

  1. Not long to go until the clocks change in the UK. And then I have to wait a whole extra hour during my working day before you come online.
    I’m going to miss you guys.

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  2. hmmm. More evening light on Halloween. I didn’t realize that was such an important consideration for the Energy Policy Act. šŸ™‚

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  3. Radical Idea #1: Unify DST switching times across the world.

    Radical Idea #2: Get rid of DST entirely – pretty pointless anyway these days.

    Radical Idea #3: Get rid of time zones and use unified time around the world.

    #1 is just common sense. #2 seems sensible to me, but is probably just controversial enough never to happen. #3 also makes sense to me, but most people think I’m a nutter as a result.

    Even just #1 would help the poor software engineer, though.

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  4. I like all of those ideas.
    I have no idea why we can’t all have the same 24 hours. Set the time around London (why break a tradition) and then in Singapore, I’d be sleeping at 16:00, whereas you guys would be having cucumber sandwiches and earl grey.

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