Lowell Deeds

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February 6, 2007

Computers & Daylight Savings Time

by @ 4:00 pm. Filed under Registry Ops, Technology

Prior to the fall of 2002 and the arrival of the Windows-based ACS system, the transition to and from Daylight Savings Time was a bit of an ordeal for us here at the registry of deeds. We were lucky to have a clock as part of the old Wang mainframe, never mind one that automatically changed time with the rest of the world. Our respite from such worries is short lived, however, since the transition to Daylight Savings Time this year will again be cause for concern. Last August, President Bush signed a comprehensive energy bill which included a provision that lengthened the amount of Daylight Savings Time. This new system takes effect in a few weeks. Instead of “springing ahead” an hour on the first Sunday of April, we will do it on the second Sunday of March (March 11). And rather than moving off Daylight Savings Time on the last Sunday of October, we won’t do it until the first Sunday of November. Got that? I hope our computers do. Supposedly, up-to-date Microsoft products have been modified to automatically change, but that’s not the case with every software product. In some ways, this is a little like the Y2K issue except no one’s stockpiling canned goods this time. Because computer time is so important to those recording documents at the registry, we’ll check into this in some detail before March 11 and will be in early on March 12 to test everything before the documents start arriving.

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