Daylight Time

Daylight Saving Time kicked in here this morning. As my buddy Dave wrote in his newsletter this morning:

Right,” I said to myself. “It’s the bad one.”

Setting aside the absurdity of this time prison we choose to live inside, I can report that impact on our time-keeping devices is at an all-time low.

Twenty years ago the DST switch would have consumed my day, both with household switching (clock radios, VCR, TV, watches, car, cell phone, hifi) and work tasks (manually checking myriad servers to ensure nothing was awry).

Today it was down to changing the clock on the stove, and moving the hands on two analog clocks ahead, one at home and one in the office. Everything else is connected to the Internet and figured things out automatically.

(Artwork and framing by Stephen B. Macinnis).


Paul Capewell's picture
Paul Capewell on March 15, 2021 - 06:49 Permalink

I often wonder if the number of devices that can update their own time will one day hit 100%, or if we will stop doing daylight savings first. On a related note - and I get why this is the case, but - I always find it so jarring that various time zones around the world do daylight savings on different dates. It's a weirdly organic-yet-arbitrary change to global communication.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on March 15, 2021 - 08:50 Permalink

Yes, we now enter that most special time of the year when Charlottetown is only 3 hours behind London.

These weeks used to cause no end of trouble when I was working regularly with European colleagues; more than one meeting was missed over the years.