Daylight Saving Time 2007 (DST) --- FAQ

To:             All Sotapop Customers

From:         Joel Satovsky

Date:          March 4, 2007

What is the reason for the Daylight Saving Change 2007 update?

Beginning in 2007, daylight saving time (DST) will be extended in the United States. The U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed by the U.S. Congress July, 2005, extended Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the U.S. by approximately four weeks. As a result, beginning in 2007, DST will start three weeks earlier on March 11, 2007, and end one week later on November 4, 2007, resulting in a new DST period that is four weeks longer than previously observed.

When will this take place?

DST will start on March 11, 2007, which is three weeks earlier than usual, and it will end on November 4, 2007, which is one week later than usual.  This results in a new DST period that is four weeks longer than in previous years.

Which computer users will be affected by the update?

All Computer users will be affected; however, the focus of this note is to proactively inform Sotapop Consulting customers of the change to allow business to proceed without interruption.  A reiteration of this notice and further instructions are also available here.  To view the specific POS instructions for the systems we work with, click here.

What will computer users see on March 11, 2007?

Unless all updates are applied to your computer, the time zone settings for your computer's system clock may be incorrect during this four-week period. In particular, you must make sure that both your Windows operating system and your calendar programs are updated.

How big is the update file? What if a computer user does not have sufficient space to accommodate the file? How long will it take for the update to be completed for a typical back office computer?

The initial Microsoft update is 501 kb (kilobytes). If your system does not have ample room for the file, you will not be able to update your system.  If this is the case, you will need to upgrade your hard drive, please contact Sotapop Consulting as soon as possible.  The whole update process takes less than ten (10) minutes; however, may require a restart – therefore, it should be attempted outside of business hours.

Will the update impact the online or computer experience?

No, after the update, individuals will be able to surf or work on their computer just as they did prior to the update.  The update will not impact other installed software/applications.  However, following the update, the computer should be restarted.  This should be done outside business hours to minimize impact on your business/point of sale applications.

Is there online support available to customers?

Microsoft has built a website to explain how this works at (you will follow the prompts as a ‘home user’). If you misplace this notice, we have also reposted this instruction set here.

Has the update been tested?

The software update has been tested by Microsoft.  Sotapop has tested on several machines, as well.

What if we forget to do the update?

Your clock will be off, and therefore, events may be off by one hour for the period of time March 11, 2007 until early April 2007.

Joel H. Satovsky
Sotapop Consulting
PO Box 192061
San Francisco, CA 94119
(415) 647-0550 office
(650) 996-6241 cell