Tips & Tricks

Virtual TimeClock Tips & Tricks - March 2007

Daylight Saving Time is coming three weeks early for us this year, and so is this month’s ‘Tips & Tricks’ Newsletter. If you’re anything like me, you look forward to the longer sunny evenings when we set the clocks forward an hour. Starting this year, regions in the U.S. that participate in Daylight Saving Time (DST) ‘spring forward’ on the second Sunday in March and ‘fall back’ to standard time on the first Sunday in November. I’m welcoming the early time change and looking forward to the longer days lasting an additional four weeks.

For those of you in the European Union, the Summer Time schedule is unchanged this year. Summer Time runs from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October. A summary of Daylight Saving Time changes for other countries is available at Daylight Saving Time.

The following tips will help you prepare your computers and Virtual TimeClock software for the upcoming time changes:

How does the time change impact my Virtual TimeClock?
For most users, there’s no impact at all! Virtual TimeClock records all time stamps from the computer hardware running the TimeClock database. In other words, Virtual TimeClock records the time as reported by your computer. As long as your computer handles the time change automatically, Virtual TimeClock will always automatically record the correct time for you. If you have worker shifts that cross the time change, you do need to manually add or subtract an hour for that shift, depending on the time of year.

Why is DST three weeks early in the U.S. this year?
On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. beginning in 2007. The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress, which retains the right to resume the 2005 Daylight Saving Time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete. For more information on the history, impact, and rationale behind Daylight Saving Time, please visit Daylight Saving Time.

If you’re in the U.S., the following information will help you ensure that your computers are ready to make the time change automatically:

Macintosh Computers
DST rule changes for the United States and most of Canada are already available in Mac OS X 10.4.5 or later. However, Some additional regions that recently adopted time zone and DST changes are available in the February, 2007 Daylight Saving Time Update. For more information on obtaining this update for your region or earlier versions of Mac OS, visit About Daylight Saving Time Changes in 2007.

Windows Computers
If you use Windows Vista or have Automatic Updates turned on, you may not be affected by the change in Daylight Saving Time. Microsoft has provided a Daylight Saving Time Update Guide at Daylight Saving Time Help and Support Center to confirm if your computer requires any updates.

This month’s newsletter should help smooth your seasonal time changes. I hope you don’t wake up too groggy on Sunday morning!

Until next month,

Jeff Morrow