Note that some manufacturers seemed to have learned.
The time setting knob on an electronic stove we used to have
broke off. At the time, the only replacement was several
hundred bucks for a new control unit.
Since then they've come up with a small "splice" plastic
thingumie for about $3.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It\'s not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
This thread has me wondering....
Next year, when the Sundays on which Daylight Saving Time changes are no
longer the ones presently in use, will my old Windows98 computer know
that, or will it mention that it just reset the clock by an hour....on
the wrong Sundays? The changing of Sundays was decreed in 2005.
There's more than you need to know about DST here:
I don't think that the PC will update without some fixes. I haven't really
chased into the problem yet. Consider this. the operating system- Win 98,
ME, XP etc. has a set up on Control Panel that tells the system what time
zone you are in and if it is time to transition to DST or back. If you use
the built in time checker of the later OS versions or one of the manual ones
that are available to set your time on demand it is obvious, if you really
stop and consider it, that there is only one time standard that is
transmitted and that is UTC time. You also know it as Greenwich Mean Time.
Your set up in Control Panel puts in the correct offset to show the local
time. How it stores the dates for DST is a question. It may very well be in
BIOS. My guess is that that is where it is. Changing the dates in BIOS may
be manual, or need a download, or could even be hard coded. Check with you
manufacturer and good luck.
There is another area that has not gotten as much attention-VCRs. I have two
VCRs that allow automatic time correction for DST transitions. I have no
clue as to what will happen here. The older one made the appropriate change
last night. The newer one that claims to sync into the time standards did
not do its thing automatically. I set it manually this morning, but am
waiting to see if its synchronizing feature kicks in and corrects the time
( I missed getting it right by about a minute.
Here in AZ we don't do that DST thing.
However, when we woke up Sunday morning, the newish clock-radio in the
bedroom was an hour earlier than all the other clocks in the house. It
has one of those auto-set features, plug it it and it knows what time
it is. There appears to be no way to actually disable the auto time set
stuff - had to use the button to switch time zones until I got the
right time. Guess I'll have to do the same thing the other direction
Don't you just love electronics that think they are smarter than you
If it was one of the "atomic clocks" you simply didn't set it to
the right time zone.
No, but I love the ones that are just smart enough. My "atomic
clock" and my PC are fine. My bedroom clock is still wrong because
it is a PITA to set. ...exactly the opposite problem. ...not an
issue because I can subtract "one" in my head, even at 5:00AM. ;-)
Let's be clear on this forward / backward thing. Traditional (analog)
clocks / watches don't mind / care if you turn them forward or backward to
set the time. Truth be told, many / most / some have a feature that uses
your occasional forward / backward adjustments to fine tune it's time
This assumes they are NOT the type with fancy features such as "day / date".
The fancy ones use a special wheel to advance the day / date wheel at /
about midnight of each day. This cam wheel (like my girlfriend) doesn't
like backward. The only option being to go forward 23 hours.
Now, let's move on.
I imagine sometime between now and the Spring Microsoft will address
that issue with a patch to the OS. Now whether or not that patch will
be backwards compatible to pre-XP versions of Windows is another
question. I'd suggest emailing MS's tech support hobbits now and asking
I would also recommend folks go to their computer manufacturer's
website (or the motherboard company's website, if you built your own PC
like I did - not to brag or anything) in the early part of 2007 and
find the latest update of your computer's BIOS.
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