Join Date: May 2002
Location: Toronto, Rogers, 9865 & 8300-eHDD, Sharp LC75N8000U, Denon AVR4310Ci; Sony KDL40W3000, 9865
Standard Time, November 3rd
Here's your annual reminder regarding standard time, which comes around Sunday, November 3rd at 2AM this year. It appears that more and more people and countries are discussing the possibility of staying on the same time. If this happens here, I hope DST is chosen to become the new "standard" instead of standard time.
Don't forget to turn your "clocks" back one hour before going to bed Saturday night. That's, of course, any timekeeping devices that don't get their own signal or are programmed correctly to change the time appropriately.
Some older devices may not change on the proper date since we have one month more DST since 2007. For those older devices with incorrect firmware, I have them set to "manual" instead of "auto DST" and I set them manually twice a year. You could see if there is new firmware available for your older devices. Some older devices may change to Standard time the last Sunday in October for this reason (old firmware). Set those to "manual" if possible.
For items with new firmware, you may still need to enable "auto time zone (or DST) updating" or similar functionality. Some devices have a sequence of button presses to change to/from Standard Time, rather than changing the actual time, although it's a good idea to check the accuracy of the time.
On Sunday morning check all your devices and make sure that any PVR scheduled recordings are still set up properly. Some devices like telephones may require you to turn them off/on or will reset with the first incoming call, etc. For many people with digital devices, this may require digging out those operating manuals.
Whenever I purchase a new device with an operating manual, I also download that manual from the manufacturer's website to my computer and put it in an appropriately-labelled file.
For PVRs, it's probably a good idea not to set any new recordings for after the time change until November 3rd if possible. Many PVRs, due to the way the firmware works (or doesn't work properly), do not set new recordings well right around the time change. Most PVRs should handle series recordings properly since this time change is nothing new, but again it's a good idea to check on Sunday. Some scheduled recordings may currently show the "incorrect" times or "incorrect" programmes because they may be off by an hour when viewed before the time change. These should self-correct on Sunday morning. The different firmware on different devices from different providers will/may handle all these issues differently.
I'm posting this early because some people are already seeing these sorts of effects on their PVRs. For example, the "timers" or programme listings for Rogers' IPG and the AnyPlace or Ignite web application for Computer/Browsers may behave differently from the Apps and the PVRs themselves. Also 1AM may appear twice on Sunday morning - their way of handling the change.