What Time is It?

2010-03-13 17:05:40.000 – Mike Finnegan,  IT Observer


With any luck, life here as the IT observer will be much the same tomorrow as it has been today; I will make progress on the programs I am working on, the programs that have been written will continue to work, and the servers will run with a constant hum, not punctuated by a reboot. I’m not sure this will be the case though, as tomorrow comes the scary time when the valley switches to Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and the summit remains on Eastern Standard Time (EST). The summit does not changeover for daylight savings because there would be erroneous data in the database. In the spring, there would be a missing hour and in fall the data prior to the hour of the changeover would be overwritten. In the past, we have located bugs in the various programs and fixed them, but somehow it seems there is always one that was missed or a new one mistakenly introduced. I feel Steve and I have been quite vigilant in fixing these problems in old programs as we find them and have been careful to set the date appropriately in programs written since last fall, but I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see just how true that is.


Mike Finnegan,  IT Observer

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