The smoke clears after the DST spring-ahead…

… and we’ll see if any news develops. Either: nothing will happen and news media will point at IT for once again crying Y2K wolf, despite a lot of sysadmins sleepless nights last week and this weekend. Or some major system will fail and the media will conclude IT isn’t taking their role seriously enough. Either way we lose, eh?

Here’s the score here at Roche Manor: a power blackout at 0045 this morning reset most of the home appliances for us, so we could just find all the stuff blinking “12:00” to reset. One Win2K laptop reset fine, thanks to our manual intervention with tzedit.exe in advance. One WinXPPro machine sprung two hours in advance instead of one. Two Linux laptops and three Linux servers Just Worked Fine. And the iMac wonders what all the fuss is about.

Update: Two WinXPPro laptops sprang ahead 2 hours. I think each was booted into Linux first, and perhaps that updated the computer’s clock before the Windows machine. Resetting the WinXPPro machines by having them synch with the internet time servers seemed to clear it up. I don’t run any software on the machines know to be DST-incompliant (Outlook, Exchange, etc.)

Now we wait to see what happens on the traditional Spring Ahead Day…

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