Daylight Savings Time is Technology Nightmare

Maressa Brown

iphone watch daylight savingsDaylight Savings Time begins today! Actually, it began at 2 a.m. this morning, and thankfully, it is Sunday. Thankfully, many of us didn't have to wake up by alarm today. Because -- if we did -- I have a feeling we'd be late for whatever job, event or activity we were trying to get to on time. (And as my patient boyfriend would tell you, I struggle with that enough as it is.)

See, I don't know anyone who actually makes a point to turn their clocks forward at 2 a.m. Mostly everyone just relies on their "smartphone" to do it for them. Their cable box to do it for them. Their iPad 2.

Sadly, though, we can't always rely on technology to save us! Do you remember back last fall? There was moaning and groaning over an iPhone glitch when Daylight Savings ended and we "fell back."

According to Business Week, it went down like this:

When Daylight Savings time ended in the wee hours of Nov. 1, iPhones hiccuped. The phone's primary clock, which is synced with a server somewhere in the cloud, recorded the time change just fine. So-called recurrent alarms, those set by users to sound at the same time on given days, did not. Those who relied on their phones to wake them at, say, 6:45 every weekday ended up snoozing until 7:45.

The glitch had a lot of tech lovers' panties in a twist for a few days; one even tweeted, "Apple's new iPhone 5 will be able to do payments. Seeing as they can't do alarm clocks, this worries me." Yeah, well, for various reasons, I would be worried about using my iPhone as a credit card, anyway! But especially when you think that the technology can still fall short on waking us up on time.

But, to be fair, we can't just rip on Steve Jobs.

The truth here is -- gasp! -- overall, our super-smart, oh-so-intuitive technology isn't always as reliable and all-knowing as we figure it'll be. It's like how every time I hear scientists are going to invent a robot that can do what a human can, I think, no! It's still a machine. It's still a computer. It's falliable. It's subject to screw up just as much or more than we are!

Point being - if your computer fails you today by saying it's 11:15 a.m. when it's actually 12:15 p.m. ... or you ended up dropping your kid off an hour late to Sunday school -- well, just know it's a good lesson in becoming less reliant on your techie toys. Sometimes it just pays to go old-school.

Has technology ever thrown you for a loop with Daylight Savings time?


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