February 22, 2007

How to avoid your computer getting affected from Daylight Saving Time this year

As many of you would have already known by this time, the DST is going to be huge this year. Yes, really huge. It starts on March 11, 2007 and extend through November 4, 2007.

Wikipedia definition for DST:
"Daylight saving time (DST), also known as summer time in British English, is the convention of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour in late winter or early spring and are adjusted backward in autumn."
Ok, now the question is, will the time change affect our computer? I can't say no. There are possibilities of a couple of things that could happen when the time change occurs. Our computer's time zone will be in wrong target during the period. Result of this, some of the softwares that largely depend on time may get to malfunction. Having said that, I must also say that there is no guarantee that this problem will boom when March 11th comes. This is just a precautionary measure.

Microsoft advises its Windows users to update the Operating System and any Calendar related programs. To the benefit of its customers, Microsoft has done a good job by publishing a Daylight Savings Time Update Guide, that helps us getting all updates we need for a smooth run. All you have to do is answer a few questions and then run a quick download of the Update Guide. It will run exactly for the type of system you have, which will allow you to fight any problems in the future.

To use the Update guide, you must have Java Script enabled in your system. If you don't know how to do it, follow the steps: (otherwise skip it)

in Internet Explorer:

1. Go to Tools --> Internet Options
2. Select Security tab
3. Click 'Custom Level' button
4. Scroll down to the Scirpting section
5. For JavaScript, click Enable under "Active Scripting."
6. Click OK in both screens.

in Firefox:

1. Go to Tools --> Options
2. Select Content tab
3. Tick 'Enable Jave Script' check box.

Note: if you are using NoScript Addon, You must allow Microsoft site to use JavaScript.


Having enabled JavaScript, Go to the update guide page by clicking here

Follow the easy to use self-explanatory guide.

Note: Vista users may not to follow these steps, as they may have already got the patch with the OS.

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