Time changes – Europe gets closer for a week!

I’ve been scheduling a lot of meetings this week for the next month or so, one thing I discovered is that for the first time since we’ve really had computerised scheduling/calendars/diaries etc. there will be an hour less time between Europe and the US between the 28th of October and November 4th.

Previously the old saying was true for the UK, spring forward with Europe, Fall back with the US. That is, the UK changed its clocks in the spring with the rest of Europe, and Europe changed it’s clocks back in the Fall when the US did. That meant for a week in the spring the UK would be 6-hours ahead of US East coast time, but just 5-hours ahead for the rest of the year.

Thats not true this year. Europe and the UK change back on October 28th, the US follows along on November 4th. So that means the UK will only four hours ahead of US East coast time next week. I bet that will catch a few people out, hopefully no systems will fail.

See Webexhibits concise table here.
See the Wikipedia long discussion here.

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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society (bsc.org) I'm an information technology optimist.

I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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