Jibi-Jabber: Daylight Savings & the BlackBerry
Another week, another new member of the BlackBerry Cool team. We’re happy to tear our good pal Jibi away from his work over at BlackBerryForums and have him weigh in on topics concerning the BlackBerry world. Be sure to check back for regular installments of Jibi-Jabber, and I’m sure you’ll all make him feel at home.
DST 2007 Changes in the United States, Canada - RIM and a Rant
Earlier in the week, RIM released an overview of the DST changes and issues within most areas of the United States and Canada, along with information concerning their approaches to resolutions, including the mention of some obscure (for now) patches to address the devices. More information for the issues that the DST changes could impact and RIM’s resolution(s) can be found at www.blackberry.com/dst2007. This is an actual resolution, updated from their manual workaroundposted in early November.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005, as it implies, was established in the 2005 calendar year - in early August to be more precise. In other words, it has been 522 days since the United States President George W. Bush signed this policy into effect and we’re just now receiving notification that there are going to be some patches required to address the change in Daylight Saving Time. Other major software vendors have not been any more efficient in their response to the change to DST, with the likes of Microsoft only releasing their OS updates late last month (for non-legacy operating systems).
It is my opinion that changing the time period for Daylight Saving Time has a potential for more impact than the Y2K bug that plagued everyone in the world a few years ago (New Year’s Eve spent with a handful of nerds who liked wine coolers *cringe*). After the 2,000 years of preparation for Y2K and the rather expensive last minute cram sessions for resolutions in the waning months of 1999, you would think that the software vendors servicing Corporate America (and Canada) would have learned their lesson. Wishful thinking, eh?
As for the various BlackBerry solutions, it would appear that all legacy devices running on an OS prior to 4.0 will NOT be supported by RIM. This should be expected. Desktop Manager and IntelliSync users should upgrade to version 4.2 SP1 or later to address the DST change resolution for USB Time/Date Synchronization, although this updated version has yet to surface on the BlackBerry Support Downloads webpage as well as the appropriate DST 2007 patch from Microsoft . For BES administrators, your resolution depends on your version of BES and messaging platform, so please refer to RIM’s DST website for more information regarding a fix for your environment.
Let this article serve as a notice to all BlackBerry users to keep an eye on www.blackberry.com/dst2007 as well as BlackBerryCool.com for updated information concerning March’s change in Daylight Saving Time. Also, let this servce as notice to the software companies of the world - if you have 19 months to deliver a software fix and resolution to such a major change standard practices, don’t wait until the 11th hour to release your resolution to your users. We deserve a bit more respect than that, don’t you think?
As a reminder for everyone, Daylight Saving Time in the United States and Canada (for applicable DST time zones) has been moved up to March 11 at 2:00 AM through November 4 at 2:00 AM.