Y2K7 this weekend

This weekend we will see the consequences of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 where the USA daylight saving time will start march 11th instead of April 1st. Some says its a new Y2K event and some shrugs and laugh it away. Have we mapped all consequences?

Microsoft and Apple has released patches for this but my opinion is that desktop computers is the least source of worries. Routers, switches, servers, cellular trancievers/receivers, satellites, servers and servers applications will also be touched. Have everyone upgraded their firmwares on GPS based systems? Many were told to wait til january 2007, some beta-firmwared their chipsets and a large portion is beginning to feel the headache today as they realize they have to ship new ROMs today. The poor souls that upgraded their firmware in august 2006 to prepare themselves had to downgrade again and wait til november.

Applications that runs old versions of JRE (Java Runtime Environment) may report wrong time after this Sunday, since JRE stores every daylight saving time rule around the world. Fun? And if you run IBM’s websphere you might want to look at this.

How will Kerberos behave in all this? Did you update your HP-server? 🙂

All of the above have been background activity the last couple of years, no need to worry the consumers. The biggest worry for many americans is “will my Blackberry calendar work?”, “will my VCR tape the wrong shows”? etc. 🙂

Good luck this weekend, and don’t forget to visit Standard Time. heh

Øyvind Lasse Høysæter

Born in 1971, fell in love with computing in 1983 because of Sinclair's masterpieces. Continued on the magic surrounding the C64, Amiga and moved to the PC world in 1990. Loves science fiction, programming, astronomy, my family and my job. (developer) :)

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