Ever since I got cable I haven't been able to make my VCR work. Or my DVD player. I have a cell phone the size of a brick that friends beg me to answer quickly to stop the embarrassingly outdated ringing. I decided to ditch my land line and go with Vonage, proudly peppering conversations with the phrase, "voice over Internet protocol" -- that is, after a co-worker explained it to me four times (and emailed three educational articles). So that's how they make my phone ring, even though it's plugged into the computer.
No problem. I still have bags of leftover votive candles from Y2K.
I can poke fun all I want, but some eBay
Well, this time they can blame the president. Early this week Bush signed a proposed amendment to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that would make daylight-saving time last four weeks longer starting in 2007. This would be the first change to the schedule since 1987. The idea is that the nation will save oodles on energy costs by giving us extra daylight to watch bad reality TV shows when we get home from work.
Most computers will be able to handle timing issues by 2007 (unless you're like me and still using Hal's not-so-distant cousin in a Dell
A schedule shift would also force telecommunication and utility companies to be on their toes. Those that charge customers based on time-of-day usage will need to adjust their clocks or beef up call center staffing when that first post-daylight-savings bill is mailed.
I suppose I need to ask someone to show me how to schedule a panic attack in 2007 into my Blackberry. On second thought, I think I'll just pencil it onto my paper calendar.
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