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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

I know, I know - what's the point? But look at it this way - I stayed up late writing it, but you're reading it...

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Friday, February 23, 2007

DST2K7 - Y2K's forgotten stepchild

I blogged about a month ago about the new Daylight Savings Time rules, and their impact on corporate IT environments. Since then, there has been a lot of time and effort dedicated to patching and testing various systems and environments to make sure that everything continues to run smoothly after 2AM on March 11, 2007.

Here, for example, is the Security Industry Association (SIA)'s Business Continuity Page regarding Daylight Savings Time. It has links to more than thirty technology vendors, each of which have specific recommended procedures for testing and verifying their products. The page also includes a log of commentary by SIA members which also gives a good sense of how seriously this is all being taken.

I still remain mystified about why this hasn't gotten the same kind of hysterical press coverage that Y2K did. Don't get me wrong - I prefer it this way. I'm just surprised the media hasn't taken the opportunity to news catalog this with the Y2K story and sell some papers leading up to 3/11/07.

I guess what I said before still applies:

The implications of the world's computers being one hour off are relatively minor, whereas having them be 1,000 years off requires the building of underground bunkers, the purchasing of copious amounts of duct tape, and a deep introspection about our society's dependency on technology.


posted by Brian at 11:32 AM


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