Daylight Savings. Did it bring YOU any nasty surprises?

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04Oct2010

Daylight Savings. Did it bring YOU any nasty surprises?

  • By Andrew Garrett
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201010042016.jpg I don’t know about anyone else, but daylight savings changes always seem to creep up on me, seemingly attempting to take me by surprise.

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While our IT infrastructure here at Pragmetric is a lot simpler than that which I’ve managed in the past, I still managed to have one little surprise catch me out this year.

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It turns out that there’s a known bug with the latest version of the iPhone operating system that causes any alarms that are set in the in-built clock application to go off an hour earlier than they’re set for. In my case, that meant that my alarm went off at 4am, instead of 5.

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As a result, yesterday was a long day.

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What I normally do is review the infrastructure I’m responsible for, and make sure that there are no known Daylight Savings related bugs for it. Then, some time on Sunday, before Monday morning business starts I make sure someone has verified the change on all systems, to be sure that everything that’s in some way time dependant has updated appropriately. On Monday morning, because I’m a big fan of the ‘belt and braces’ approach, I generally arrange for someone to be on-site early and double checking that everything’s fine, and they’re also on-hand to fix anything that isn’t. If on-site isn’t an option, then having someone available remotely to deal with any problems that might crop up is a solid idea.

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What did your IT people do to make sure you were ready for this latest Daylight Savings change?

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Did YOU have any problems?

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