Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Windows XP: New Daylight Saving Time (DST) Rules

Did you know that Daylight Saving Time (DST) is being extended this year by approximately three weeks. This extension is part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and effects the United States and Canada. DST will start at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March, and will end at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.

Computer operating systems, applications, and electronics that are DST aware need to be updated to compensate for this new change. Although, older computer operating systems, applications, and electronics that are no longer being updated by the manufacture are going to be negatively effected by this change.

Microsoft is producing updates for its current generation OSes and applications that are effected by the change. For the most complete and update details, check out the following web site. Microsoft should being make this patch available as part of the next release cycle for the current OSes (Windows 2000, XP and 2003). Windows Vista is not effected by this change.

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