Thursday, March 30, 2006

Indiana Finally to Spring Forward for DST; All Hell to Break Loose

Indiana has for years been a rebel—while the rest of the country has dutifully turned the hour hand on its clocks and watches thirty degrees every April and October, most of Indiana has stayed put, stubborn in its rejection of casual manipulation of time. This year, for the first time, Indiana gives in to peer pressure and adjusts for Daylight Savings Time—and the results will be earth-shattering:
"This is like Y2K except this one is really happening," said university IT spokesman Steve Tally. Currently, most Indiana computer users set their PCs to a special "Indiana East" setting -- Eastern time that doesn't spring forward every April. Starting this April, however, they'll change their PCs to Eastern Daylight Time. The few who observe Central time set their computers to Central, and will also make the switch. Tally predicts the changeover will create havoc with the widely used Microsoft Outlook calendar application. When the time changes, he said, appointments will still be listed according to the old Indiana East time.
Link (via Fark). Perhaps, when Indiana falls out the middle of the country, it will open up an opportunity for Arizona to experiment with altering time. Let's just hope the people of the eerie state don't get thrown out with the garbage.

Indexed by tags science, politics, time, Daylight Savings Time, Indiana, computers, Y2K.
Image credits: Still from Eerie, Indiana, courtesy P2PTV, borrowed for news-reporting and comment purposes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Way! The people of Arizona are not lemings! When we want an extra hour of daylight, we set our ALARM an hour earlier. When we don't, we press the snooze button. Indiana falls to "peer pressure"? What kind of example is that to set for her children?

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