Daylight Savings fun..

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Today all clocks in the United States were set ahead by 1hr at 2am.
Why? Artificially delaying sunrise and sunset tends to increase electricity usage in the morning and reduce it in the evening. Savings occur if the evening reduction outweighs the morning increase.
Sounds crazy.

But thats the way US government wanted it. I don’t know how much energy is saved by this so called "Daylight Savings" but I certainly know how much one has to suffer. Especially if you are in a IT industry.

There has been rounds of emails going on since past one month calculating the impact of this change. We had patches for JDK, Unix servers, Windows machines, Email clients and the list goes on.. Some people even call it a mini Y2K!

Considerable amount of energy is invested in programming and managing for this change.
This reminds me of the Law of Conservation of Energy which I learnt in my school days. According to it, "Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed. It can be converted from one form to another".
Mr Newton would have never imagined that DST could be one of the examples 🙂

For me, its a mixed bag. I will get to talk for longer during the morning hours to India. But little scared about the impact of DST on my application. Not bothered about missing pre-scheduled meeting by an hour 🙂
Lets see if I can manage to explain this to my mom.

May be this link on Wikipedia can help me out.
More FAQs here.

Trip To Canada

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This week-end I visited Toronto, Canada.
Its very easy to get Canadian Visa if you are in US.. and specially if you are working at HSBC.

So, one fine morning I grabbed a letter from HSBC HR and within an hour I received my Passport stamped with the Canadian Visa. It was like buying a movie ticket.

Weather was not so good. But its been like this since past two months. And Canada is supposed to be more colder than Buffalo. But, we decided not to worry too much about the cold and headed towards Toronto.

The first thing we noticed after entering Canada was the distance written in KiloMeters not in Miles, the temparature board was showing the temp in degree Celcius and not in ferenhites and the gas was known as Petrol and was being sold in liters and not in gallons. Started to feel little like being in India.

Then the second thing which we quickly noticed was our very own Manoj had forgotten the Map !! So, the seven stuges entered a new country without knowing where to go. Sounds adventurous.

We first stopped at Niagra to view it from Canadian side. I must say that the niagra from Buffalo side is crap and if you really want to see how huge it is then come to Canada.

American Fall was beautiful and was almost frozen. Huge icebergs were floating around the water. It was a nice sight.

to be continued tomorrow..