Early Sunday morning, Daylight Saving begins in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT. We explain when to reset your clocks (and which direction you need to go in!)
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Daylight saving time starts this weekend in most states and territories (barring Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory), meaning we'll turn our clocks forward by one hour on Sunday morning. "Spring forward, fall back" is a good prompt to remember which way to wind. But what appears to be a simple procedure each spring and fall does not immediately change our body clock time.
Tomorrow morning (April 1), Daylight Savings ends in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT. For some reason, the obligatory clock readjustment tends to flummox otherwise intelligent people. Do you move the clock forward or backwards?? If you suffer from this embarrassing annual brain fart, here's an old adage that will help you to permanently remember.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins at 2am on the first Sunday in October, when clocks are put forward one hour. It ends at 2am (which is 3am Daylight Saving Time) on the first Sunday in April, when clocks are put back one hour. This semiannual ritual shifts our rhythms and temporarily makes us groggy at times when we normally feel alert. Moreover, many are confused about why we do it all. (Spoiler: It has nothing to do with farming.)
On April 3, Daylight Savings comes to an end in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT. For some reason, the obligatory clock readjustment tends to flummox otherwise intelligent people. Do you move the clock forward or backwards?? If you suffer from this embarrassing annual brain fart, here's an old adage that will help you to permanently remember.
Over at Gizmodo, Luke reports that Optus managed to stuff up its network time signal for Queenslanders, switching their phones to daylight saving time and ruining many a banana bender morning. At moments like this, I can't help thinking there's a lot to be said for an old-fashioned alarm clock rather than using your phone.
iOS has frequently had a hard time with daylight saving time and it looks like this year is no different. This time the Calendar app is displaying the incorrect current time, which could cause some problems with your scheduling.
At 3am on Sunday April 3, every state except Queensland, WA and the NT will end daylight saving for the year and clocks will go back an hour. No matter where you live, though, you should spend some time come Sunday morning checking that all your devices -- computers, phones, tablets, PVRs and anything else with a networked connection -- have the correct time.
Last time daylight savings time rolled around, iPhone users got a pretty big surprise when recurring alarms started going off at the wrong time. This time around (as the US switches over), users are still having issues, though they seem to be a bit less common, a bit more varied, and much more anecdotal.
Uh-oh, another iPhone clock bug seems to have reared its head. Some iPhone owners in Western Australia are reporting on Twitter that their clocks have jumped forward an hour, reflecting what seems to be a bug in the daylight saving implementation.
A daylight saving software bug has rendered the recurring alarm function on iPhones pretty useless. Apple says it has already developed a fix, but won't say when it will be released.
We noted the importance of checking the time on devices when daylight saving began over the weekend in many states, but it turns out that iPhones running iOS 4 have a more subtle problem: recurring alarms go off at the wrong time once daylight saving has kicked in.
We'll be having a quieter than usual Monday because of the NSW long weekend. Readers everywhere in Australia except Queensland, the NT and WA should remember to check for the daylight saving change (2am Sunday clocks go forward to 3am) on any device you possess that has a clock. While up-to-date PCs and Macs shouldn't have a problem, phones, PVRs and even hotel room keys are less predictable. Avagoodweekend!
Like most of the country, Lifehacker will be taking a long weekend over Easter -- US posts will continue to flow through but there'll be no local posts until Tuesday. If you're anywhere other than Queensland, WA or the NT, don't forget to adjust your clocks for daylight saving by going back an hour on Saturday night.
Those Australian states which follow daylight savings have already made the switch, but Western Australia this year decided not to continue with a test of daylight saving. That might be good news for Perth curtains, but it means a bit of messing around with settings for Windows-using WA residents.