Daylight Saving Tax
How many clocks did you have to change today? This year I’m pretty lucky. I only had to change 19.
Of course, I’ll probably find a few more in the next few days.
Here’s the list so far, for our family of four:
- Answering machine
- Two wall clocks
- Four cameras
- Sony reverb (yes, it has a clock)
- Two thermostats
- Three alarm clocks
- Fax machine
- Sprinkler system
- Two cars
Some years have been worse. I recall changing 28 clocks about ten years ago. That was before my computers adjusted themselves for daylight time. For a while that made things even worse, though: I was dual booting Windows 95 and NT, and when the time changed, both OSes decided to adjust the time for me. So I was an hour off in the wrong direction.
Now I do all my software testing in VMware virtual machines, and I’ve given up on putting those on daylight time. I let them run on standard time all year around, otherwise it gets too annoying. Revert to a snapshot and it will want to adjust the time all over again.
I do have one atomic clock that set itself back to standard time automatically. But my daughters have atomic clocks that didn’t, and I don’t see any way to change them unless I turn off the radio synchronization and set them manually. Must research this.
I can’t wait for spring, when we do it all over again, and probably get to church an hour late.