I really dislike it when the government, at any level, imposes rules on people that seem to have no rhyme or reason to them. For me, Daylight Savings Time is at the top of that list. I don’t want this to turn into a rant, so I’ll try to keep my emotions in check.
The practice has been criticized more than praised. It benefits a few industries and activities that benefit from sunlight after working hours (9 to 5 or whatever it is for most workers), but it causes problems for almost all of the rest of us. It messes with television and entertainment schedules, complicates or disrupts shift-work, travel, billing, record keeping, time keeping, business meetings, medical devices, and sleep.
Computers (and some other hardware) can change the time automatically, but that doesn’t help them deal with the loss of an hour, or gaining an extra one where it wasn’t needed. They just hum right along as if nothing has changed, but the data they spit out can be corrupted without an obvious answer as to why.
I propose abolishing the practice altogether. Pick a time and stick with it. If you want an extra hour in the evening, go to work earlier, don’t screw with anything and everything else related to giving you that extra few minutes of sunlight. It is simply not worth it.
My reason for bringing this up has to do with the hassle of changing clocks in my house. My computer changed, my wall-clock changed, and my TV changed. But my microwave, oven, alarm clock, and watch did not. I had to notice the discrepancy, then figure out which version of the current time was correct, and then make adjustments to the clocks that required it.
Most things are easy to set. Some are not. My oven, for example, gave me an error, ‘5ab’, when I attempted to change the time. It locked up, refusing to display the time, and disabling the oven. The gas burners worked just fine, but the oven is computer controlled, and it relies on the control module to operate. I thought I had broken the thing. It has served us faithfully for about ten years now, and while it hasn’t shown any other errors or flaky behavior, it is getting old (in computer years).
So, before I called a repair service (which would cost a week’s salary just to inspect something, not to mention the cost of fixing it), I decided to look up the error code on the web. I could have looked in the manual that came with the oven, but after ten years, I have no idea where that might be.
It turned out to be in ‘Sabbath Mode’, an obscure operating mode that doesn’t allow cooking in the oven while it is set, because one or more religions consider cooking to be ‘work’, and they don’t allow ‘work’ on the Sabbath day. Wonderful, I turned my oven into a Bible-thumper.
All I had to do to turn it off was to hold the ‘clock’ button for three seconds, and then everything would return to normal. I did that, and then proceeded to find a different way to set the oven clock.
I get the Sabbath thing. I really do. I don’t get the reason I had to mess with it in the first place: changing my clock because of the inane Daylight Savings Time.