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Remember to Change Your Clocks – Part II

They certainly do things their own way in Argentina. We just wrote about the upcoming time change. (Argentina began observing Daylight Savings Time last year for the first time since 2000 and did it on only 4 days notice.) And now the government, after just declaring the entire country would be on the same time zone yesterday, has reversed it’s decision. Several of the Western provinces revolted against the decree which would have meant a 10:30pm sunset for some of them, and the Kirchners reversed course while making it seem as if it was their decision. So, now with 1 day to go, we have two separate Argentina time zones. Expect lots of computer issues since no one has had any time to process these changes.

UPDATE (10/19/08): Of course, I woke up today and my computer had failed to switch to the correct time automatically even though my time zone is set to (GMT -03:00) Buenos Aires. I had to set the time manually and turn off Automatically synchronize with an Internet time server in order to get it to work.

Half the country will not change the time on Sunday (english) | (español) [La Nacion]
I Will Set My Watch However I Damn Well Please [Good Airs]


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]