Monday, March 12, 2007

Daylight Saving Time

In response to my brother's blog, here's my viewpoint of the whole daylight saving time. This was a big deal for most IT departments throughout the country, depending on the industry they are in. For me, being in a broadcast TV industry, this was a huge deal. Our industry depends on accurate time very heavily. Most people have NO IDEA how many servers and different pieces of equipment are required to get a simple TV show out to the public. We work with so many different vendors that run proprietary software. If we just simply ran the update from Microsoft on every piece of equipment, who knows what other problems that would have caused in their programs. So we actually were quite anxious for these vendors to be proactive and contact us and let us know what we needed to do to update the equipment. Even after updating all of our equipment, I came in at 1:00 AM Sunday morning to finish up a few things and make sure that everything changed properly and was working OK. Turns out that most everything was just fine. We did run into a minor snag or two, but for the most part, it went very well. However, I believe that is because such a big deal was made of it and we worked very hard to make it go smoothly.

That being said, here is my opinion of the daylight saving time change: HORRIBLE! Congress just wasn't thinking when they decided to pass this energy saving act. Any amount of money that may be saved by making this changed was immediately wiped out by the amount of man hours and resources wasted on making sure everything was ready for it. KSL is a small company in comparison to others, and we put a lot of time and money into it. In fact we have some equipment that requires a new chip to be installed. We have to purchase these chips at a cost of about $500. Now $500 is not a huge amount, but if you figure that every radio and TV station in the country is having to purchase these new chips, it adds up. Perhaps the chip makers were lobbyists to get this energy saving act passed. ;)

I can't even imagine the amount of resources that had to have gone into this at huge companies that are very time dependent such as airlines, credit card companies, etc. This truly was a mini-Y2K.

I would love it if congress passed an act that completely abolished this time changing event completely. Of course, I like more daylight during the summer, so I would say that we stay on permanent daylight saving time. No more going back to standard time, but that is just my $0.02.


Gords said...

When I was on my mission in Queensland, Australia I was so glad that they didn't honor any Daylight Savings plan.

If I were President, Daylight Savings would be abolished, and then second, Sr. Citizens Act which would require 65 yr olds to turn in their Driver's licenses in order to get Social Security and 3rd Degree Felony if cause an accident and driving illegally.

Sorry you had to work so hard cause of your good friend, President Bush.

Eric said...

We can thank all of congress for this, not just Pres. Bush!