Clock Towards the Summer


On Sunday morning I woke up at a usual time. Or actually, I did not. The time was one hour more than it was the day before at the same time. According to a rule of thumb I have learned, you adjust clocks always towards the summer. In the spring forwards and during the autumn backwards. Towards the summer, it is.

I opened WhatsApp first thing in the morning and the flood of complaints in the group chat was quite reassuring. My good friend Mark (name changed) complained along the lines:

So, what the f*ck is the brain damage that resulted in meeting times changing when daylight savings time comes over? I mean, really! Where would one even need such a ‘feature’ for?

That complaint was not the only one. It was the same song evenly from the Android, iOS and Windows Phone –users. The problems did not visit everyone, but the loudest ones were the ones whose calendars had got messed up. The origin of the problem is still unknown, but it seems to be linked to calendar server’s and the phone’s co-operative functions.

Phone developer passes the blame over to the server’s developer.

The server’s developer passes the blame over to the phone’s developer.

In road traffic, one can easily find oneself blaming the car in front of you for bad driving. It is, after all, his car right in front of your very eyes. For traffic jams, the original fault for is usually further away, at the distance of a few cars ahead. It is a rare driver that thinks so far. The same rings true for the world of software development.

End users usually blame the problematic part for the entire problem. Passing over the blame at the developer’s side is for naught. The one who takes care of the repairs is the one who paying customer would primarily point at.

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