Late? Maybe Your Clock Already Had its "Fall Back"

Late? Maybe Your Clock Already Had its "Fall Back"

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Taryn Williford
Nov 2, 2010

This Sunday November 7th, it will be time to change the clocks (and test your smoke alarms). Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end. But if you were late to meetings yesterday, you might want to double check your digital calendar: It's possible some of your clocks may have already fallen back.

When we were kids, we always turned the clocks back during the last week in October. But ever since 2007, when congress decided to amend Daylight Saving Time, we've been switching the clocks in November.

Most computers are set to automatically move forward each year to daylight saving and then back an hour in the fall. That's important, especially for time-sensitive programs like calendars. But if your tech is more than a few years old, it's possible it might still be programmed to switch back from daylight saving on the old date in October.

So what can you do?

Check and see if all of your devices are displaying the correct time this week—especially the devices that don't connect to the web or a network (like your alarm clocks). You'll also want to open up any of your time-sensitive programs and make sure all of your calendar appointments have stayed on schedule.

If you find any discrepancies, Google around for a solution. Many hardware and software developers released patches to keep their gear in line with the new legislation.


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