Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2007 15:40 UTC, submitted by editingwhiz
Hardware, Embedded Systems If you live in the United States, you are probably affected by a law passed by Congress in 2005 which turned the daylight savings system upside-down. Computers are, obviously, affected by this as well. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols explains how to update your Linux computers to the new DST rules: "To make sure your Linux system knows when DST is, this year and ever on, you need to update your zoneinfo file, or replace it with one that contains the new rules." In addition, even though Apple has provided a fix for Mac OS X, this fix does not work for Macs running 10.3.9 or lower. Apple does provide a fix. This is where a freeware utility also comes into play.
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It's still backwards, especially in the winter. It's dark when you wake up, it's dark when you are preparing for work, it's dark when you get to work (for those that work at 8 or 9 in most places), it's dark when you leave work (for those that work until 5-ish), it's dark when you get home. Where's the savings there? The lights are on all day.

If we moved the clocks ahead in the winter, then it would still be dark in the morning, but it would be light out for an hour or so after work. Seems we'd save a lot more power that way.

And if we moved the clocks back in the summer, it would actually be dark at night, like it's supposed to be. I can't stand trying to sleep when it's still daylight out after 11pm.

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