Change your clocks - change your batteries...
It's that time of year again... Saturday night/early Sunday AM... it's time to "Fall Back" as Daylight Saving Time ends... so... before you change your clocks, change the batteries in all the battery powered devices you depend upon to monitor and protect you and your family's health and safety... things like smoke & CO detectors... glucose meters... and any other tech gadgets you have in your life. And if you happen to live in a place where you don't change your clocks twice a year... just change your batteries.
In the United States, the time change happens separately in each time zone (at 2:00am local time).
But in Europe, all of the time zones shift together at the same time (at 01:00 UTC).
... just one of the details (along with other odd little things like leap seconds) that computer programmers often need to know to keep everything working
The Chinese have just one official time zone that spans the entire country. Before the Communists, there were 5 time zones in China, but now everyone is on Beijing Time. Makes things tough for those living in the western part of the country far from the capitol...
I have LaCrosse clocks which reset themselves automatically. That's an improvement over when I had to reset a dozen clocks around the house. Of course, I have to replace the batteries every year!
The old Seth Thomas mantle clock never suffers from power failures, nor does the Regulator clock in the family room; they only suffer when someone forgets to wind them... Yes, DST adjustments are manual, but part of the deal.
And I've a few "electronic" clocks that do automagic DST adjustments, but they predate the political rejiggering of the DST rules, so they switch to DST when they want, and if I care, I switch them back and then take care of the DST adjustment a week or so later.
I'm not sure that it is still the case now, but during the era of the Soviet Union all of the train schedules and airline schedules were listed in terms of the time in Moscow. Since Russia spans 8 time zones, this could be "interesting".
- Tom -
Great having clocks with the "atomic clock" sync feature.
Can never be too careful.
Since Russia spans 8 time zones, this could be "interesting".
Back in the USSR days, they had 11 time zones from what I remember.
We still have only six covering 50 states. Most of us think of us having four time zones, which must tick off Alaskans and Hawaiians.
Not to mention outlying territories like Guam.
Not for me
So glad we don't do that in Arizona
All this changing of the clocks twice a year is a thing whose time has passed (pun intended). Change this stupid law, custom, or whatever, and set clocks once based on GMT and leave it alone.
You are correct. I don't know why 8 zones came to mind, as I remembered 11 zones as soon as you reminded me.
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