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Spring Forward, and Fall Back (Clock Resetting)

post #1 of 212
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Tonight is/was the night we are/were supposed to set our clocks ahead by one hour for what I think is called Daylight Saving* Time (in most of the US).



There is a shareware utility for PCs called SocketWatch that assists in this process by synchronizing the time on your computer with various atomic clocks. It also has a "tool" to help you synchronize your watch, which displays the exact time in hours, minutes and seconds, and chimes on the minute. Actually, it chimes for five seconds up to the minute, and then has a different chime on the minute, to give you a kind of countdown.



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They also say we should check or change the batteries in our smoke detectors today. I guess I feel more like checking them than changing them.



So, I'm going to have to reset all the clocks in my house today. Boring.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_savings_time



*It appears that Daylight Savings Time is frowned on and Daylight Saving Time is preferred.



This thread is to discuss any and all clock-setting and other Daylight Saving Time experiences.
post #2 of 212
I stayed up all night so it makes no difference what time it is - I'm sleeping 'till noon...
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A study indicates a 17 percent increase in traffic accidents on the Monday following the change-over to Daylight Saving Time. Sleep deprivation really takes its toll.



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post #4 of 212
I'm in an often forgotten hemisphere called the "southern hemisphere" (except when "southern hemisphere" refers to the "third/developing world", in which case my country (Australia) is then (erroneously) referred to as a "northern" country), where we turn our clocks back an hour (if at all; those Queenslanders have the same time zone the whole year round).



Usually we turn our clocks forward later in the year, except in 2000 when we (or at least Sydney/New South Wales) waited for the 2000 Olympics to be over (we also hid our homeless so as to give visitors the impression of a Utopia).
post #5 of 212
I hate it. I wish we could just put the darned time somewhere and leave it.
post #6 of 212
We do not adjust our clocks here. Half of the year we are on EST and the other half (now) CST.
post #7 of 212
I use linux. It updates itself for day light savings time automatically. I would have thought windoze and MAC would have done this as well.
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post #8 of 212
Windows does. At least my XP set the clock back an hour. But it's a pain when the government suddenly says "daylight change comes later this year" just for a pack of stupid sporting events and an OS (Linux, Windows, whatever) doesn't know about the delay for the Olympics.
post #9 of 212
hah, already did this last weekend
post #10 of 212
Yep, I did it last weekend too.



Well, not just me, you understand, there were a whole bunch of us....erm....
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Yea, well, I wasn't the only one here either..



What a conformist thing to do, when you think about it...
post #12 of 212
Senior moment: Last night was the first time in years that I forgot to reset everything before going to bed. And I was thinking about it all day Friday and Saturday and still forgot. A mention of it in the LA Times reminded me.



It didn't use to be such a chore. Back in the old days, we set our watch and maybe two or three clocks. Now there are clocks EVERYWHERE. I changed a lot of clocks this morning. Note to myself: Buy one of those atomic wall clocks for my kitchen!



My cellphone has the time digitally running across the front cover, but it had the wrong time. I couldn't figure out why and there's no clock setting in the menu (it's set remotely, I guess). It finally occurred to me that it was because I had left the phone turned on all night. So I turned it off, and then on again, and voila! the time had reset.



Here's the weird thing: I have two digital cable TV converters, and the time always automatically adjusts (again, set remotely) during the night. However, both of them are still an hour behind. Don't know why. Somebody sleeping on the job? (I have Adelphia).
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post #13 of 212
i decided not to play that game this year.
post #14 of 212
Not changing clocks is the one reason why I like living in Arizona...
post #15 of 212
We did this last Sunday here (Norway, but I was in France at the time and it's the same thing there). I'd guess this goes for all (most? some?) of Europe.
post #16 of 212
I think so, in the Netherlands it's the same, anyway.
post #17 of 212
Not one of the clocks in my house runs exactly on the right time.



The computer is a few minutes ahead, the alarmclock almost 10 minutes..... I hate being late.
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The computer is a few minutes ahead, the alarmclock almost 10 minutes..... I hate being late.



Haha, me too. It's an addiction. My wristwatch started out being 2 minutes ahead. Then I changed it to 3, then four minutes. Now I'm up to six

To bad I'm all too well of it, and automatically subtract a certain number of minutes. I keep on being perpetually late.

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Not changing clocks is the one reason why I like living in Arizona...



Yeah, that rocks.



Why don't you like Arizona? You must live in Phoenix. I love Tucson, it's so quirky.
post #20 of 212
i was all proud of myself for not sleeping past three o'clock, and then my friend informed me it was daylight savings and it was actually four damn.
post #21 of 212
yea, that's what I don't get.



Arizona doesn't change its clocks - why do the rest of us have to?
post #22 of 212
I forgot again.
post #23 of 212
There was a giant banner on the highway telling me to change my clock.



PS Linux syncronizes with the time server everytime it boots up (with a network connection)
post #24 of 212
Saskatchewan doesn't change time either but all the other provinces in Canada do. It just makes calling home harder for me because I can never remember what time it is. I didn't know Arizona kept their same time all year long. Any other states that do that?



In British Columbia, there are certain cities that don't change their clocks even though the rest of the province does. The whole population must be constantly late!
post #25 of 212
I'm thinking Hawaii doesn't change either but I'm not sure of that.
post #26 of 212
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It's that time again, mah friends! Spring has sprung!



For those of us in the applicable locations, Time Springs Forward an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, April 2nd.



Resetting all my clocks...what a pain in the rear...
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post #27 of 212
I have an advanced circadian rhythm (meaning that I'm a night owl), so I hate springing foward! But I like falling back. The extra daylight is ONE benefit of the spring time change though...
post #28 of 212
hey, now my watch will finally be correct again.
post #29 of 212
I love this time of year, but changing the clocks does suck.
post #30 of 212
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It's that time again, mah friends! Spring has sprung!



For those of us in the applicable locations, Time Springs Forward an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, April 2nd.



Resetting all my clocks...what a pain in the rear...



Thank you for bumping this thread, Amy.
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