This is mostly for my non- or semi-technical friends*, and once you’ve read it I’m sure you’re going to “be all whatever” as the kids say, but bear with me here because I think it’s kind of important.
This year Daylight Saving Time happens much earlier than it did last year – in Ontario as well – and the details which I’m going to spare you are not pretty but also unlikely to improve the quality of your life. The short version is that when many computers talk to each other they need to agree on what the time is or the conversation won’t happen.
You wouldn’t think daylight saving time would be a big deal, but there’s a decent chance that this change is going to break a few things in ways that I expect to be subtle and hard to diagnose. “The reason my computer is telling me my user name or password is wrong is that my computer’s internal clock is wrong” just isn’t a leap that I expect most people to make, especially considering the time displayed on the screen will be correct.
Here’s what to do:
- If you’re using Windows XP, do a full Windows Update and reboot.
- If you’re using Windows 2000, take a look over here, download their Network Administrator tool, and use as described.
- If you’re using Windows 98 or Millennium, the same people provide a comparable patch here.
- If you’re using Microsoft Office 2000, XP or 2003, this link will take you to Microsoft’s tool for making sure you don’t miss two weeks of meetings when Outlook loses track of what time it really is.
- If you’re using a Mac, running OS 10.3.x or 10.4.x, do a Software Update, let it finish, and reboot. If you’re using Office 2004 for the Mac, run Microsoft’s Office Auto-Update tool as well. You need to upgrade Entourage to version 11.3.3 or later.
You should do these things before Saturday evening. If you have any questions whatsoever about this, ask in the comments or email me.
* – because, boy, if you’re one of my technically-inclined friends and this is the first you’re hearing about this I’d lay odds you’re in for a pretty rough week.