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Saving daylight, the facts and funnies
CE watch group Retrevo has compiled a Daylight Saving Time bullets list, noting that many consumer tech devices - and Hawaii in entirety - refuse to jive with the national standard.
Posted March 12, 2010
Consumer technology market watch group Retrevo has created a timely web site listing many of the gadgets (and cows) that don't automatically adjust for Daylight Saving Time (DST). DST kicks in this weekend, March 14, 2010 at 2:00am, which is the second Sunday of March but not quite the wary ides.

As seen at, the site conveniently supplies the manuals for some 100,000 devices, including "smart" appliances, that may or may not require a manual clock reset. The directory can be quick-searched by make and model number, or browsed by category, brand or manufacturer.

Retrevo also listed some "fun facts" about DST, most notably noting that "Saving" is not plural. Other tidbits look like this:

- In 2007, the start of DST officially changed from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March. The end of DST also changed from the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in November.

- The primary reason DST changed in 2007 was to save energy by keeping people outside (and indoor lights off) longer. It's been estimated that the extended DST saves the equivalent of 300,000 barrels of oil per year.

- Hawaii, Saskatchewan and most of Arizona do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

- Most "smart" devices are programmed to automatically adjust for DST, but many still use the pre-2007 dates and thus require four manual time changes a year (two when correcting the automatic changes on the wrong dates, two more times on the right dates).

- As always, the change takes place at 2:00 AM when most people are asleep and few trains are running. Amtrak trains that are running at 2:00 AM stop for an hour.

- The candy industry has lobbied for decades to extend DST through Halloween.

- Parents note that regardless of how much more candy is bought and tossed into pillowcases, Trick-or-Treaters are safer from traffic during daylight.

- Farmers are some of the biggest critics of DST, claiming it disrupts cows' milking schedules, though it's not clear when, exactly, cows learned to tell time.
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