An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Issues from Daylight Savings

PrabhuG has talked about the changes in the Daylight Savings.. I think it is a fairly interesting piece of news that has gone below the radar of most folks! What will it mean? It may save energy but it will put many in unnecessary discomfort! Here are some of the issues that can be expected:

Newer VCRs and DVD recorders have built-in calendars to automatically adjust for daylight time. Users would have to override them, switching to "manual" to ensure shows continue to record correctly.

Computers with Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating systems would need to obtain updates. Though most affected applications would likely be taken care of by the Microsoft fix, calendar systems will need to be checked to ensure that appointments already entered get properly adjusted.

Some electric utilities have advanced meters to adjust rates based on peak and non-peak hours, and studies would be required to determine if any modifications are needed. The telecommunications industry, meanwhile, must ensure that its clocks are properly adjusted to bill customers properly.

Adding to the complications is the fact that many computer programs now treat U.S. and Canadian time zones as the same. If Canada doesn’t adopt the new dates, too, Windows, calendars and other software would have to learn additional zones.

Technologists sounded louder alarms as the Year 2000 approached. The programming shortcut caused some computers to wrongly interpret 2000 as 1900, potentially fouling systems that control power grids, air traffic, banking systems and phone networks.

In India long back there was a ruler called Muhammad Bin Tughlak. He was called the ‘Wisest Fool". He is credited to have been one of the first in the world to start money – currency. Only that it was made of leather. And soon everyone and his brother was printing it at home! He also moved his capital from one city to another.. and taxed the wealthiest region of the kingdom the most – only to have the worst exodus and then a drought there!

There seem to be a lot of similarities between Bush and Bin Tughlaq already!

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2 Comments
  1. Raj says

    Definitely a huge issue – something that I think is going to cause a larger fallout than y2k since its been so poorly accounted for. Most of the systems I know are unpatched yet, and some software vendors are only just coming out with patches.. can’t wait to see what happens in march !!

  2. Raj says

    Definitely a huge issue – something that I think is going to cause a larger fallout than y2k since its been so poorly accounted for. Most of the systems I know are unpatched yet, and some software vendors are only just coming out with patches.. can’t wait to see what happens in march !!

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