|From the Kenosha News on 3-4-07
Check if your computer is ready for the new daylight saving time
My February 18 article explained the issues related to the new daylight saving time. Since then, I’ve gotten a few inquiries asking how important this is, what it affects, and how they can tell if their computer is updated and ready for the change.
In general, this isn’t something to worry or panic about. Your computer won’t refuse to boot or fail to run programs because of a time change issue. If you’re using a calendar program or something else that is time-sensitive, it will be off by one hour for three weeks from March 11 until April 1. Also, anything that happens on a schedule – like updating your virus definitions or downloading Windows updates – will happen an hour earlier because your computer won’t have “sprung ahead” yet. Note that there is a special tool to update calendars in MS Outlook. Go to Microsoft.com and search for “time zone update tool.”
If you have a web-based e-mail service, like Yahoo, AOL, gmail, or hotmail, your messages should be stamped with the correct time from their server. If you use Outlook, Microsoft says that “if your time zone isn't kept up to date—even if your clock is set correctly on your computer—the time stamps on e-mail messages you send will be wrong.” If you use Outlook, Outlook Express, or another POP client, you should update your computer.
If you do not have that update and you don't want to download all of the recommended updates, get just that update using the link for Windows XP shown below. Walk through the download and installation instructions.
You may also choose to wait until Sunday, March 11 and see if your time changes automatically. If not, does anything work incorrectly because of the time change? You can go in to your time settings and correct your time manually. However, if you’re using internet time (NTP), the next time it does an update, it will “uncorrect” your change. One option would be to leave the time wrong for three weeks. The other option would be get the necessary update and install it:
by Carol Sabbar from the Kenosha News on 3-4-07