Acronym Online Update (03/08/07)

CODE YELLOW: ELEVATED RISK!! Daylight Savings Time Change.

To U.S. based computer users: This year we will push our clocks forward one hour early on Sunday, March 11th. Typically this shift happens sometime in April and your operating system’s clock and calendar (in Control Panel for Windows or System Preferences for Mac) have always been equipped to deal with this change. In the past, operating systems made allowances for when the changes in time occurred because they they happened at predictable intervals. Fast forward to 2005 and a law was passed by the US Congress to help us “save on energy costs.” One of the solutions that the “do-nothing Congress” implemented was to extend daylight savings time for approximately 4 weeks. (No disrespect is meant to the institution of Congress, rather I am referring to the 2005 – 2007 session of Congress.) What’s done is done folks. I don’t know if it will put even a roll of dimes in your pocket, but it’s my job to make sure your computers are prepared for the unexpected.

I would not classify this situation as an emergency. Even if you are a couple days late at downloading and installing these updates, your computer won’t melt down. However, I would recommend you download them as soon as possible. Take a few minutes and do it now so that your scheduling program, or e-mail program that downloads messages locally to your computer, or any other software that has a use for time and date is in perfect sync with real time.

Please click on the link(s) that apply to you. Note: you should download the fix for your operating system and the JAVA update. Java is a small, but critical program you already use on your computer that powers a large number of the programs and websites you use on a regular basis. Note: some of the links have been truncated using a website called tinyurl.com. TinyUrl is a great and free resource for taking long web addresses and making them shorter for purposes of sharing.

Mac OS X 10.3.9 (Last and final version of Panther. If you have another version of 10.3.x, do a software update first and then download this patch.) Note: there is no new Java update for 10.3.9 users, so I’d assume your Java applications will be ok. I’ll keep you posted. http://tinyurl.com/3xao2h

Mac OS X 10.4.8 (latest version, Intel or PowerPC processor) http://tinyurl.com/25u55p

JAVA for Mac OSX 10.4.8 Release 5. http://tinyurl.com/2hzmm7

Windows XP users. Click the link below and scroll down the page until you see “Download the Update for Windows XP package now.” Click on that link and it will prompt you to save the file.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931836

Java. Click on the link below and choose the Download button next to “Windows off line installation.” http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Final note: I will paraphrase the words of the President of my Macintosh User Group (http://www.ctmac.org) by say that if you are using an operating system prior to Windows XP (for Windows users) or Mac OS X 10.3.9 (for Mac users), “that is pretty lame.” In either situation, you have an operating system that is obsolete and cases where the hardware is more than 5 years old — your computer needs replacing too. Contact me and we will seriously contemplate an upgrade! Also, please contact me if you are using an obsolete century operating system (Win 98, Win 2000, Win ME) and want to know if there are DST patches available for download. I didn’t have time to research those issues before I wrote this post.

As always, I appreciate your e-mails, calls, and of course – your business.

Ready for 03/11/07, (are you?)

Kevin