Mini Y2K? Nope – Y2K7

Post ImageI have been reading about the upcoming daylight saving time change taking place this weekend, and it sounds like a big headache. The problem is described in this CNET article:

Thanks to a federal law aimed at reducing energy costs, daylight saving time starts three weeks earlier and runs one week later in the fall. However, without an update, many computers and digital gadgets can’t automatically adjust to the new time, potentially wreaking havoc on corporate scheduling for the next three weeks.

The change affects Canada too. The article goes on to mention Y2K and how it is somewhat similar, and I thought – it’s like a mini Y2K! And then I came across this Wikipedia entry:

Y2K7 refers to the Year 2007 problem, caused by a US-mandated change to Daylight Saving Time, which could have widespread repercussions in the computer industry.

I should have known that there would already be a clever name for this problem. I also learned from the entry that there is a Year 2038 problem too.

The change means that daylight saving time starts this Sunday and ends on the first Sunday in November. The Wikipedia entry contains some helpful resources, and Microsoft’s support page for the change is here.

Read: CNET

Time Person of the Year for 2006: You

Post ImageI guess the fine people at Time still haven’t learned that the word “person” refers to a single, individual human being. Last year they named Bill & Melinda Gates and Bono the “person of the year” and this year, it’s you. That’s right, Time says you are the person of the year for 2006:

The “Great Man” theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that “the history of the world is but the biography of great men.” He believed that it is the few, the powerful and the famous who shape our collective destiny as a species. That theory took a serious beating this year.

All joking aside, there’s a certain appeal to naming “you” the person of the year. I mean, it was a big year for that dreaded phrase – user generated content. And like it or not, some of the biggest stories of the year were a result of individuals expressing themselves on the web. Everything from videos at YouTube, to profiles at MySpace, citizen news around the web, podcasting, and of course, blogging.

Though Time has been naming a “person of the year” since 1927, this year’s cover is sure to be one of the most interesting:

The magazine has put a mirror on the cover of its “Person of the Year” issue, released on Monday, “because it literally reflects the idea that you, not us, are transforming the Information Age,” Editor Richard Stengel said in a statement.

So congratulations to you!


1-2-3-4-5-6, Never Again?

Post ImageAs you may have heard from friends, or on the news, or maybe you figured it out for yourself, the current time is unique in human history. At 01:02:03 AM, or 123 seconds after 1 AM, on April 4th, 2006 or 04/05/06, the time and date will read 1-2-3-4-5-6. And as New York Times columnist David Pogue and many other people have pointed out, this will never happen again. Well, maybe once more as Wired News explains:

In Europe, which renders the date before the month, this singular moment will occur next month, at 123 seconds past 1 a.m. on 4 May. And after that, it most definitely will never occur again.

Barring someone or something taking over the world and resetting our calendars to before this very moment, it will never happen again. Interesting bit of information, no?

Read: Wired News

Time Persons of the Year

Post ImageTime announced their “person of the year” for 2005 this morning, except that it’s “persons” – three in fact. Dubbed the “The Good Samaritans”, the magazine has chosen Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono as the “Persons of the Year“. From the cover story article:

These are not the people you expect to come to the rescue.

Rock stars are designed to be shiny, shallow creatures, furloughed from reality for all time. Billionaires are even more removed, nestled atop fantastic wealth where they never again have to place their own calls or defrost dinner or fly commercial. So Bono spends several thousand dollars at a restaurant for a nice Pinot Noir, and Bill Gates, the great predator of the Internet age, has a trampoline room in his $100 million house. It makes you think that if these guys can decide to make it…

For full access to the article, you can watch a brief advertisement, otherwise you’ll have to pay a few dollars (or wait for the actual magazine to come out). I think the three make a very interesting choice. There’s no doubt that Bono is an activist unlike any other, and the Gates give more money each year than you can imagine.