Winter Clock


Today we switch over to winter clock. Days are already getting darker sooner, and even in sweltering Tel-Aviv the coolness of autumn is creeping in.

At work the clock change is a big deal, with thousands of servers having to switch timezones automatically, not all of them doing so smoothly or successfully. While everyone at home will be having an extra hour of sleep, dozens of my colleagues will be hunched over keyboards, working into the small hours of the night, coaxing stubborn stragglers to rejoin the fold.

A few servers tried to jump the gun two weeks ago, moving to the winter clock way too early and without telling anyone. As it was in the middle of a holiday weekend, it could not have happened at less convenient time. The guy that accidentally made the change that started that whole chain of events is probably going to have bad karma for at least a month after that.

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