Remember to Change Your Clocks

“Spring forward, fall back.” – Yep, it’s that time of the year again, and even though it’s October, it’s officially the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere, so it’s time to move the clocks forward by one hour.  The time change happens this Sunday, October 19th, 2008 at midnightthe earliest it has ever occurred. This change is being pushed as part of an effort to save energy across Argentina. Changing the clocks will allow for increased sunlight and decreased electricity usage.

It also means that we’ll be two hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time for two weeks. Then, when the U.S. time change goes into effect on November 2, 2008, we’ll be three hours ahead of New York and six hours ahead of Los Angeles.

As far as your computer knowing about the change, Microsoft dealt with the problems of having an Argentine time zone last December, when the Argentine government decided to follow Daylight Savings Time for the first time since 2000 – exactly 4 days before they implemented it on December 31. (It caused a lot of computer problems and issues with screwed up calendar appointments.) On Windows, the time zone for Argentina used to be “(GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown.”  Now, if you have all the latest Microsoft updates, Argentina has it’s own time zone, “(GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires” to account for these new differences. Apple users may already be experiencing the new time zone as there seems to be a glitch which listed the time zone change as happening on October 5 rather than October 19. No word on whether that has been fixed or not.

I personally liked being an hour ahead of New York as it made it easier to get a few things done in the morning before people in our NYC office got in and the one hour difference was barely noticeable throughout the rest of the day. Working three hours ahead of New York is going to make things a bit more challenging though. I’ll have to be sure to remind people that 5pm there is 8pm here and I will definitely not be around…

–  On Sunday the 19th Adjust Your Clock (english) | (español)  [La Nacion]
“Spring Forward” Comes Early this Year to Argentina [Argentina’s Travel Guide]

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  • Am I missing something here or being completely stupid?

    The La Nacion article in Spanish says “A partir de la cero hora del domingo 19 de este mes se deberán adelantar los relojes una hora en todo el territorio nacional”

    Which means, that on Sunday 19th this month, the clocks in Argentina will go FORWARD an hour, not back. This will put us 2 hours ahead of New York, not the same time.

    Please don’t tell me I’ve just made a fool of myself. But I’m pretty sure it has to be forward, because the idea is to have more light in the evenings.

  • Apart from that – some great content on your blog! I’ll link it up when I get back to updating mine, which will be after a redesign and relaunch at some point in the not too distant future.

  • DaVe

    Alan – yep, you’re right. I relied on the Argentina’s Travel link and I think they got it wrong too. We do move the clocks forward one hour. I have updated this post now.

  • Cool. Ah well, clock changes have always confused the hell out of me, so I understand how Argentina’s Travel could make the mistake.

    Glad I wasn’t going out of my mind – I had to think through the whole thing a few times between reading your post and writing my comments.

    That’s some lightning quick post updating by you!

    Take care,

    Alan

  • It sucks for us because Chicago will eventually be 4 hours behind. I heard Mendoza doesn’t do the time change….nice area….hmmmm
    Apple hasn’t fixed the problem.