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1. Editor's Note: Got Time?
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- Microsoft Hit By U.S. DOT Ban On Windows Vista, Explorer 7, and Office 2007
- Free Software Foundation Urges Computer Makers To Replace Vista With Free OS
- Xcerion's Internet Cloud Forms Over Google And Microsoft
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- Homeland Security Issues Specs And Guidelines For Controversial Real ID
- Attacking USB Devices ... Hackers Go Old School
- Sony Agrees To Pay $150.3 Million In PlayStation Patent Suit
- March Madness Major Threat To Network Security
- 'Embarrassed' Gun Suspect Sues Microsoft After FBI Finds Sex Videos On His PC
- Before Attacking Symantec, Virus Writer Also Voiced Grudge Against SANS
- Google Gets BBC Content for YouTube
- Microsoft's Unified Communications Fuels Growth In PBX Sales
- Startup Lightfleet Claims To Increase Computing Speed In Servers
- Business Objects, Cognos CEOs Speak Out On Hyperion Acquisition
- U.K. Outsources Visa Processing To U.S., Indian Firms
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- Just How Far Does BlackBerry Addiction Go?
- The Importance Of Presence: Taming The Wild And Woolly IM
- Three Intriguing Web 2.0 Companies: Jellyfish, Ning, And Dandelife
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"Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working." Anonymous
"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." Douglas Adams
"People find life entirely too time-consuming." Stanislaw J. Lec
1. Editor's Note: Got Time?
That whole time-change thing that has everyone rolling their eyes you know early daylight saving? OK, it's not Y2K. (What could be?) And as I noted in a recent column (which goes into this issue in greater detail), no one is talking disasters of biblical proportions. But there is a little more to this than the momentary irritation of missed appointments and calendars being off an hour. Think of all the time-sensitive systems out there today: medical, manufacturing, financial, travel schedules, logistic scheduling and tracking, security systems (and doors and vaults) that open and close based on preprogrammed times. Anything that requires a precise time stamp for legal or
audit trail reasons. Think of Sarbanes-Oxley (Forrester Research says it will definitely be impacted). State governmentsare certainly worried. Think maybe you should take another look at the systems that support your company's business and reconfigure the impact?
Because ohhhh yeah, there is definite fallout here if you don't get your applications and systems switched over to the new daylight-saving date on time.
But there's more to it than that. Judging from the users I've been hearing from, it's just a time-sucking, cost-building pain in the butt to deal with. Look at PG&E's predicament. It simply decided this was too expensive a change to make (and who knows, maybe it doesn't have the manpower or time at this point to do it anyhow). Why is this? Well, for one, too many vendors have wasted the head start they got to deal with this issue (the bill mandating the change was signed in the summer of 2005) and have gone right down to the wire in releasing their patches, which in some cases have to take into account various platforms, access modes, etc. It makes one wonder how well tested they are, and it certainly
doesn't leave IT much time to do its own testing. One issue here is that many vendors thought they could leave the fix to the operating system brethren and realized late in the game that they were wrong, says Ray Wang, a Forrester analyst who has co-written a report on this issue. And if they're late, where does that leave users?
A lot of these patches are NOT going to work with older versions of software. As Mike Dimyan of Time Warner pointed out recently, there aren't that many companies that can say they're running the latest version of all their applications. And at this point, he noted, even if vendors gave away the latest updates, most companies couldn't possibly get them installed in time.
So if you've got a mixed environment, you may find some daylight-saving patches causing other problems even as they solve part of your time issues. Dimyan has already run into this problem. And what about those older versions? What's the fix for them? In some cases, it's going to be "ugly," says Dimyan. And then there's the software that will have to be manually updated, like your custom applications. And you do have customized apps, right?
So, while this problem is certainly solvable, it won't happen without some scrambling, a lot of manpower, a lot of testing and cross testing, and a chunk of money and time. You may have plenty of the rest, but the one thing you don't have much left of right now is time.
Have you run into problematic patches, cross-compatibility issues, or no patch support for the versions of software you're running? Has your vendor either waited so long to issue a patch or posted such confusing information on its site that it's affected your efforts to update your systems? Tell us about it, and any solutions you've worked out, in the comment field for the blog entry for this note.
Google Gets BBC Content For YouTube
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