Returning from a whirlwind trip to the US last week (left Israel Sunday morning, arrived San Francisco Sunday night, red-eye Tuesday night to NY, left NY Thursday night back home...whew) I landed right in the middle of the commemorations and festivities surrounding Memorial Day and Independence Day. Immediately after that jumped back full speed into life as venture capitalist, but noticed that all of meetings were an hour off. When checking I realized it was not me, but my Microsoft Outlook calendar...somehow it kept moving all my meetings off by an hour...now, I usually do need extra time to get to meetings on time, but this was ridiculous. Then I began hearing from others here in Israel that the same thing was happening to them. Without time to look into it, I just compensated, confirming every meeting time.
Then yesterday I came across the "problem." I use a company called Softcom for hosting an Exchange server, and in their web sign in page (which I usually don't use from my laptop, as my local Outlook synchs automatically) there was a little notice about "DST," otherwise known as Daylight Savings Time (and where is all this time that we have been saving? In some time bank somewhere??). It seems that DST and Exchange/Outlook don't work well together, especially in communicating across time zones...Now come on people, this 2007. Web 2.0, 3.0. the Flat Earth, etc etc. And a company that is valued at more than the GDP of most countries can't get straight DST?????
Yes, if you go to Microsoft web site there is a full review of the problem...see here.
I started reading downloaded some patches...and then gave up. I will try again later. My favorite instructions on the Microsoft web site are (and I promise you, this is a direct quote, using cut and paste:
How to minimize the impact of the DST change
Ultimately, individual calendar owners are the only ones who can validate that calendars are correct or not. To minimize confusion during the DST shift, follow these simple steps:
- When organizing a meeting during the extended DST period, type the correct meeting time in the subject line or body of the message (for example, Project planning meeting at 8:30 A.M.).
- Consider any appointments and meetings in the extended DST period to be suspect. When in doubt, verify the correct time with the organizer.
Well, my friends, there you have it...all meetings have now been proclaimed "suspect" by Bill and the gang.
If any of my readers are in direct contact with Bill Gates,please pass this along...
I live and work in Jerusalem. My daily life is infused with suspicion and time/place shifting. The last thing I need is additional problems...especially when I am trying to use a "productivity" tool you designed and support.
Until further notice, I would great appreciate it if you could personally confirm all the meeting times in my Outlook Calendar.