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This Article Is Sponored By You! | Saturday, March 10, 2007 by Salman Siddiqui | Comments
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Man has evolved since the stone age till today and his hunger for more power has led him to take extreme decisions. Sometimes it has changed the the rules, which nature made, against nature and few times for nature. Daylight Saving (DST) is another concept which the people of USA are gearing for.

Daylight Saving Time (or summertime as it is called in many countries) is a way of getting more light out of the day by advancing clocks by one hour during the summer. During Daylight Saving Time, the sun appears to rise one hour later in the morning, when people are usually asleep anyway, and sets one hour later in the evening, seeming to stretch the day longer. The reason DST works is because its saves energy due to less artificial light needed during the evening hours—clocks are set one hour ahead during the spring, and one hour back to standard time in the autumn. Many countries observe DST, and many do not.

Between March–April through September–November, it is summer in the northern hemisphere, where many countries may observe DST, while in the southern hemisphere it is winter. During the rest of the year the opposite is true: it is winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern.

Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, but it was not until World War I, in 1916, when it was adopted by several counties in Europe that initially rejected the idea.

Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March. Time will revert to standard time at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November.

Daylight Saving Time, for the U.S. and its territories, is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the state of Arizona (not the Navajo Indian Reservation, which does observe). Navajo Nation participates in the Daylight Saving Time policy, due to its large size and location in three states.

GoDaddy.com tells its clients it's servers don't need DST fix:
In a series of e-mail exchanges and phone calls, George Baltzell, a customer, was told by GoDaddy.com's tech support team that the company is exempt from patching its servers because it is based in Arizona, which doesn't observe DST. "That's a silly response," Baltzell said. [read more]

This is a problem for many companies which have offices in places where DST will not be observed. Many have to work harder so that there customers residing in places where DST will not be observed do not get affected. Time consuming...

Some Important Tips & Articles for DST

India used DST briefly during war times.

List of countries that observe DST during 2007 (with start and end dates)

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Article Soruce: compiled from greenwichmeantime, timeanddate and google ofcourse
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  1. Blogger Noor Azman Othman GBE Says:

    Thank you for your info about DayLight Saving. I can't make head or tail about it until I foundyour post. You see, almost all of my faithful readers are from the State. And they have been talking about DLS. I've no clue but I dare not ask them about it. But thanks to your post, I finally make it tail or head. Thanks again but please don't tell them what I've told you just now.

  2. Blogger Salman Siddiqui Says:

    You never told your decision, head or tail? :)

  3. Blogger sherry Says:

    going to lose an hour tonight... :(

  4. Blogger sherry Says:

    by the way its suggested for DST observers to just "turn off" the settings option supporting the event in their already owned electronics that display time. If not, they would have to change the time in those respective devices exactly four times a year... could be a nuisance that can be done without.

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