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Daylight Savings Scramble, Part Three

Like Clark Griswold's legendary membership in the Jello of the Month Club in the film Christmas Vacation, it seems that DST07 is the gift that keeps on giving.

One erstwhile IT manager working overtime to remediate issues at a Midwest law firm says the problem continues to get worse. His team is currently working to ensure that the firm's fleet of BlackBerrys won't stagger under the time switch, but he says "it's taking us seven days to get responses from BlackBerry and we are paying huge dollars for support. They are swamped."

One emerging problem: bounced e-mails, as customer e-mail servers are rebooted or taken offline to apply patches and change configurations. In short, the fix is compounding the disruption posed by the original problem.

"And just think, if they choose not to renew the law, this fire drill starts again in three years," he says. "We should all use UTC and be done with it, just like the metric system."

Posted by Michael Desmond on 03/07/2007 at 1:15 PM


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