Archive for the ‘Patch’ Category

Daylight Savings Change May Cost You Money (Windows Users!)

March 7, 2007

If you live in the United States, you are probably affected by a law passed by Congress in 2005 which turned the daylight savings system upside-down. Computers are, obviously, affected by this as well. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols explains how to update your Linux computers to the new DST rules: “To make sure your Linux system knows when DST is, this year and ever on, you need to update your zoneinfo file, or replace it with one that contains the new rules.” In addition, even though Apple has provided a fix for Mac OS X, this fix does not work for Macs running 10.3.9 or lower. Apple does provide a fix. This is where a freeware utility also comes into play.”

Windows XP users should be ok due to  Microsoft KB931836 which address this issue, however Windows 2000/98/ME/95/etc. users are basically out of luck.  One post from OSNews (where the above quote came from) reads:

Patching the windows servers at work was hell! Especially if you are like us and still running some 2000 machines. MS is charging about 4500 USD for the patch, or you have to buy the extended support for 2000. Naturally, no one wants to pay that… Realizing this MS put out some tools to help automate the process but none of it works as it is supposed to. and I’m not even going to get into the hell outlook calendars were to update…”

$4500 is a lot of cache to get an update, don’t you think?