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Monday, August 08, 2005

Y2K Part II ?

As the media makes a mountain out of a molehill on this one, I cannot help but be reminded of Y2K. Yeah, there could be some hiccups. Yeah, TiVo might have to be patched. Yeah, I might have to adjust the time on my five year old watch and then adjust it back once it auto-adjusts a month later (or would it be earlier?).

There is plenty of time for technology makers to solve this 'problem'. But rational thinking will not win out. Products not labeled "2007 Daylight Savings Compliant" will sit on the store shelves with consumers afraid not to buy them. Marketing teams are going to eat through their budgets on this one, recreating product package complete with a new-fangled, neon colored sticker proclaiming compliance. Not to mention the TV ads they're going to have to produce.

It will be a Y2K scare all over again. I better start restocking the bomb shelter and stockpiling weaponry.

CNN: Longer Daylight Savings May Cause Trouble

Boston Globe: Extra Daylight Savings May Confuse the Gadgets

MacSimum News: Changes In Daylight Savings Time Could Cause Technical Snafus

Washington Post: What a Difference an Hour Makes

BetaNews: Daylight Saving Change to Affect Tech

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