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03/06/07

New Daylight Saving Time Date Could Cause Computer Problems

Microsoft home page:  A red Daylight Saving Time clock links you to their computer update guide. Microsoft home page: A red Daylight Saving Time clock links you to their computer update guide.

Don't forget to set you clocks ahead. This Sunday it's time to spring forward for Daylight Saving Time.

But the time change is happening earlier this year and it means more than moving your clocks ahead an hour. You also need to make sure your computers and all your digital equipment are up to date.

"Do it now and don't be caught unaware, it's going to be embarrassing, you are going to show up late for everything," said Skip Hankins, a manager at SEIMITSU Computer Center.

Hankins said, "We've been flooded with calls about people concerned about what's going to happen on March 11."

What is going to happen? If you don't install the proper updates, all your computer devices will be an hour behind.

That means you need to check you cell phones, blackberries, digital camcorders, security systems, the list goes on and on. Enough to make you go coo-coo?

Hankins said installing the updates is pretty simple. "Go to that manufactures web site and download files and fixes and patches and updates that will prepare their computer for a time change," he said.

For example, on the Microsoft home page there's a red Daylight Saving Time clock that links you to their computer update guide.

Some are comparing this new time change to the Y2K problems that plagued the new millennium.

"It's not quite the same hysteria level buts it's still generating a lot of interest," said Hankins. "Everyone is so computer bound now days, we live and die at the desk and the keyboard, with appointments and other time sensitive thing that are going on it could cause a lot of folks a lot of problems."

So act now, the clock is ticking.

While resetting your clocks and computers is a bit of hassle, the idea is that it will help save electricity. The time change change is part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Again, the time change begins this Sunday, March 11 and ends November 4. That gives us four more weeks of Daylight Saving Time than last year.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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