Vast momentousness coming to the Hoosier state this weekend: Daylight Saving Time, for the first time in decades. No topic is good for more endless jaw-flapping. No topic is, for a columnist, so evergreen. You’d think this would be ending with the changeover, but apparently there’s lots of hilarity ahead. Our ace correspondent in Elkhart, Connie, files a brief report:
I have received endless messages at work in my email, basically explaining how to go on daylight saving this Sunday. From the State Chamber, State Library, assorted political news lists, etc. I have answered endless questions from co-workers who have never gone on daylight time before. Example: 2 a.m.? So I have to get up at 2 a.m. to change my clocks?
Is this so hard? Who knew? I am amused.
But hey, that’s nothin’:
But IT staff at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, fear the change will create complications galore.
“This is like Y2K except this one is really happening,” said university IT spokesman Steve Tally.
Currently, most Indiana computer users set their PCs to a special “Indiana East” setting — Eastern time that doesn’t spring forward every April. Starting this April, however, they’ll change their PCs to Eastern Daylight Time. The few who observe Central time set their computers to Central, and will also make the switch. Tally predicts the changeover will create havoc with the widely used Microsoft Outlook calendar application. When the time changes, he said, appointments will still be listed according to the old Indiana East time. The calendars of Central time Outlook users, in turn, will continue to list appointments according to Central time.
Well, there’s a tragedy.
A BoingBoing link offers more hand-wringing:
I happen to be an IT manager for a philharmonic orchestra in Indiana and the changeover is going to cause massive problems for anyone who uses outlook as a calendar. By the time this is all said and done, it’s going to end up costing businesses in this state a lot of time and money. Perhaps the greatest irony is the fact that our governor pushed the change under the premise that it was going to increase revenue in the state. I’ve been actively encouraging fellow IT professionals in my area to contact the governor and give him an idea just how much the change is costing their company in money and man hours.
Oh, get a grip, girlfriend. When I moved to the enlightened ranges of DST last year, how did I handle it? Let me think…oh yeah, I opened the control panel and changed my home city. Of course, I had actually changed my home city. So what’s to stop all these IT people from just changing their own home cities — in essence, to tell their network a little lie? Can it possibly be this complicated? Some calendars are disrupted? Big deal.
I guess this is progress. When I was there, the argument was made that it would throw milking schedules off and young children would be kept up dangerously past a healthy bedtime.
Good luck, Hoosiers. Keep us posted — if you can get booted.
I don’t know about you, but stories like this make me break out in hives. I love a good trend as much as the next person, but as a writer, when editors start talking up ideas like this I always pretend to have an urgent appointment with my periodontist.
Literally, a Web Log is after my own heart. The other day a local news anchor who likely makes 30 times what I do said, “Bob has literally poured his heart out over these kids.” I thought, hmm, messy. LaWL tracks abuse of the word.
Next stop: Hopefully.