So Daylight savings time happened last night. ClockFu is not behaving correctly because of it. My timezone is 1 hr away from server time. But having local time checked, I see 11:55AM when the server time is 1:55PM. It's off by an hour, but ClockFu doesn't recognize this.
ClockFu takes the time from your computer directly. What time does your computer say? I am guessing you haven't downloaded the windows patch for DST. I really don't understand why we do DST anyways and why some idiots in government decided to screw up all the electronics in the country by changing the start and end times of DST. My alarm clocks and other devices don't have a way of being Patched. Now in 3 weeks, my alarm clock is going to spring forward and I am going to forget and go to work an hour early. Who wants to do that? lol
I really don't understand why we do DST anyways and why some idiots in government decided to screw up all the electronics in the country by changing the start and end times of DST. My alarm clocks and other devices don't have a way of being Patched. Now in 3 weeks, my alarm clock is going to spring forward and I am going to forget and go to work an hour early. Who wants to do that? lol
Like it, loathe it, or don't give a damn, electronics weren't an issue when DST was conceived.
Daylight Saving Time was supposedly proposed by Benjamin Franklin in jest in 1784. But the first passage into law wasn't until World War i, in Germany. In the era before lamplight, it made a plenty of sense to get as much efficient use out of daylight as possible. Certainly folks could arise earlier or later as their needs and the light dictated, but unless they all agree by how much their times would be effectively out of sync with each other, which would make clocks kinda pointless. You can make a case that now, Daylight Saving Time is moot since we have power sources by which to see at night and we are surviving culturally even though multitudes now live on differing timetables. But then, there are also studies from the U.S. that indicate energy savings of near 1% from DST. That's a low percentage, but it is a fraction of a fek big number. It's arguably a valid reason, but it is disputable and there have been shifts in energy use since those studies were done. (Such as a rise over the last few decades in the use of air conditioning, which may lead to higher peak use in the mornings. That would offset conservation gains during the evening.)
Some businessses profit from DST (retail, outdoor activities), some suffer a day or two of low productivity. Traffic accidents spike after the clock change, but overall they dip a slight amount during DST - especially pedestrian fatalities.
Tekkub, Saskatchewan ignores DST. That should be cold enough ...
There are also studies that show more energy is used during the darker mornings in DLST, offsetting any savings at night time. The energy savings are too inconsistent for that to be used as a reasonable argument for the change. Making a national energy policy that encourages the use of CFLs and discourages the use of "normal" light bulbs would make a much bigger impact on energy use. There's a very good reason businesses almost exclusively use fluorescent lights, they're cheap fuckers. I'd love to see a hefty tax placed on incandescent bulbs like there is on cigarettes, money wasted in big chunks gets people's attention much better than money wasted over time.
(Derailment ahead! Or, have we passed it already?)
I thought that I caveat-ed the hell out of the energy saving argument ... no, it's not a strong argument at it's best. But if it were a consistent 1%, I'd argue that 1% is worth considering before repealing DST, now that it's been in place for decades. Maybe we should all switch over to Newfoundland time.
There are a few issues with CFL's that should be considered, and not every application is appropriate for CFL bulbs, but they're improving rapidly. There's a good bulb selection guide at http://www.environmentaldefense.org/page.cfm?tagid=608. We've had problems with CFL's in the past - our apt. has craptastic wiring and the ballasts haven't been holding up for us. We can't do anything about the wiring, but we're not completely giving up yet.
Depending on application, halogens can also yield respectable energy savings. My dad has his home and office set up with CFL's for ambient and general lighting, and halogens for task lighting. I find his set-up very comfortable, and I'm not a fan of the light quality of CFL's in general. While CFL light quality continues to improve, I still haven't found a bulb I really like and we're working towards a mixed use solution as well.
Just very recently, GE announced a new incandescent technology that may one day be comparable to CFLs for efficiency : HEI bulbs. I'm hoping to see it, but I won't hold my breath (sitting in the dark) until I do.
With lighting technology still developing and evolving, I'd like to see taxation and other action based on the efficiency of light bulbs (and other energy consumptions) and not their type.
My dad's been planning for years to equip his new house with LED bulbs when he gets it built. They've got some very interesting things in that dept, including LED arrays... a panel shaped somewhat like most standard office flourescent tube fixtures. They also have strips which you can mount inline around the edge of a room to provide even lighting across the whole room. It's really all quite cool. The things give off barely any heat, use barely any power (even less than CFLs)... and last fucking forever. Only problem is the initial investment is quite steep... but over time they pay for themselves many times over.
One thing I find inneresting about LEDs - without having researched at all whether this is currently an option or if it could be - is that the colour temperature might be adjustable. I'm extrapolating that it may be possible (or will be one day), based on bulbs I've seen at Home Depot that let you adjust their colour.
That means for a nominal 9 to 5 job, you'd be working from 9 to 5 in the UK (or 10 to 6 in the winter), east coast folks in the US would have a working day of 2 to 10, could get confusing if the date changes on you during the day, but thats not a major problem =P