I agree. Daylight Savings Time complicates our lives and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, medical devices, and even sleep patterns. Although software can adjust computer clocks automatically, it is limited and is prone to errors, particularly human errors. Take the adjustment of watches, for example. I believe most people owned more than one watch and they don’t wear all their watches all the time, especially expensive timepieces such as a Swiss luxury watch. All you need is to forget to adjust the time for one of these watches and your schedule for your entire day will be messed up. - http://www.jzandf.com
Hmm so by not having daylight savings we have the sun heating things up for less time?? I'm not sure what planet that's true for, but last I checked regardless of what I set my clock to the sun is up for the same number of hours :-)
Jokes aside, If we stayed on daylight savings all year and were getting up in complete darkness and going to work and working in a building that is electrically lit it wouldn't really make any difference, because you have to get up and go to work anyway.
BUT then at the end of the day when I go home I would have so much more time to go gardening or play outside with the kids or go for a nice bike ride etc.
If on the other hand it were to be dark around the time I leave work (or soon after) I would be stuck inside and could only watch telly or play cards or something and get fat, nowhere near as healthy.
So with that in mind I'd go for 2-3 time shifts per year chosen so that I always have a good 3 hours of daylight left after work. Maybe it would help reduce the obesity epidemic :-) (I doubt it)
That said, just moving our working hours would have the same effect as others have pointed out, either way for me daylight hours after work are what I want.
The whole idea of n time zones and
so called 'Daylight saving' is inherited from early days of mechanical clocks, steam railway,
incandescent bulbs. We live in different reality, generations ahead, used to use mobile phones, GPS, energy saving bulbs etc... flexi time at work etc.
Switching between summer and winter time is pure waste-of-time.
We should try to use not our time zones but more natural difference calculated from dusk to dawn between geographic locations.
If I have to call from Ireland someone in Texas, should just easily apply to his geographic location to let him get up and eat breakfast first when heading for my lunch.
What about simple PC and mobile applications to test the idea?
Mobile application of remote guy should allow me to get rough location of registered phone (not a breach of privacy that way)
and my app should tell me his geo time etc,
warn me not to call if it is too early or too late.
I propose we do away with DST and time zones too! Let's all switch to Greenwich time. I would go to work in the morning at 15:00 hours and go home in the afternoon at 00:00 hours. This may seem strange, but if I'm in a meeting with anyone in the world, 09:00 hours is 09:00 hours everywhere! No need to reset clocks, or to figure out time zones anymore. Businesses would start at the time that makes sense to them; perhaps an hour after sunrise or so.
(This is slightly tongue in cheek, btw)
Here's food for thought.
In the hospital environment, DST adaption is a huge issue and consumes many man-hours. All clinical clocks need to be coordinated, both 'on the wall' and in the medical equipment. Some newer equipment does it automatically, but not all. Plus some slightly older equipment changes on the 'old' schedule, and then have to be set twice each cangeover - once for the 'official', then reset when the automatic change happens. hard to see how that benifits anyone.
Update 5 December 2010: The brit newspaper "the daily mail" is sponsoring an MPs campaign to make Summer time the standard for winter, and have DOUBLE daylight savings in the summer, thats right, GMT+2..! Words fail me
Interestingly enough there are places in the world that do not bother with a time change. I was on Maui on vacation and we almost missed the snorkeling trip because we assumed time has changed at night but it didn't...forget changing clock at home, I agree, I have close to 20, think about flight, train, etc schedules between places that are out of synch in time changes! Kris