Time to think about Daylight Savings Time


 

That's right, it will soon be time to mess with our time zone, and just when it was all going so smoothly.  Now, I'm not a fan of daylight savings, maybe because the 2 little kids and the dog don't play along (no one sleeps late...ever).  Maybe its because its a little like having a Y2K project roll around twice a year.   Read on to make sure your DST goes smoothly, even if you don't get an extra hour of sleep. 

There are a couple issues you should know about regarding Groove and DST.  These issues might impact you during the October 28th - November 4th window.  The issues are detailed in the Technote 932607 "How to correct time differences in Groove Virtual Office 3.x and Groove 2007 tools that are caused by the extended daylight saving time periods starting in March 2007". 

Get all the detail in the article, but take note of these two sections:

1) Conditions under which you can safely ignore this issue

  • You can safely ignore this issue for any of the following types of workspaces:
  • Workspaces that contain only one member
  • Workspaces that do not contain a Calendar tool, the Meetings tool, or the Discussion tool, or workspaces in which the chat feature is not used
  • Workspaces in which all members are in the same time zone
  • Workspaces in which all members are in U.S. time zones
    These time zones (Atlantic, Newfoundland, Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, and Alaskan) have adopted the lengthened daylight saving time periods that are mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
  • Workspaces in which all members are in non-U.S. time zones. These time zones are not affected by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

2) Conditions under which this issue may affect you

This issue may affect your experience when you use Groove only if the following conditions are true:

  • You are using a workspace that contains a Calendar tool or the Meetings tool.
    Note This issue may also affect you if you are creating Discussion tool entries or chat entries, or if you are exchanging instant messages during the extended DST periods.
  • These tools contain entries that occur during the additional four weeks of daylight saving time. In 2007, those dates are as follows:
    • March 11 to April 1
    • October 28 to November 4
  • At least one member's computer is in a time zone that is affected by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and another member's computer is in a time zone that is not affected by the act. Therefore, the other member's computer uses the previous start date and end date for daylight saving time.
    For example, this problem affects a workspace that contains a member in U.S. Central Time and another member in W. Europe Time (for example, a member in Amsterdam).

When all these conditions are true, there will be a one-hour difference in the time that members in the different time zones see displayed for an event or for a meeting. Additionally, there will be a one-hour difference in the timestamps that members see for Discussion entries, for chat entries, or for instant messages.

Example
Bob is in Chicago, and Anders is in Amsterdam. They are using a Groove Meetings tool. Bob creates a meeting for March 12, 2007, at 9:00 A.M. Bob expects Anders to see a six-hour time difference and see the meeting in his Meetings tool as 3:00 P.M. However, the meeting time is incorrectly displayed as 4:00 P.M. for Anders.
Conversely, if Anders creates a meeting for March 12, 2007, at 4:00 P.M., Bob sees the meeting time as 9:00 A.M., an hour early."

--abbott

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