Everyone knows it’s coming, but many are expressing surprise that daylight-saving time begins this weekend.

One of those really caught off guard was Debbie Tate, owner of Red River Computers.

“Is it this weekend? Boy, I hate it,” she said. “I’m always ready to fall back, but never ready to spring forward.”

Tate said last year, her 11-year-old son reminded her of the time change.

Daylight-saving time was extended four weeks by the Energy Policy Act in 2005. Beginning this year, clocks are to be moved forward an hour at 2 a.m. the second Sunday of March and back an hour on the first Sunday of November.

And the big issue this year is that while nearly everyone in society relies heavily on some form of technology, many of those items — computers, Blackberrys, digital clocks — might need some help to catch up with the time changes.

Tate explained that people with an old operating system in their computer (Windows 95 and even 2000) will have to manually adjust the time to reflect the jump.

She expects the XP systems to change automatically and said there are patches that can be downloaded to handle issues.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen with this being the first year it’s backed up (in March). A lot of people will have trouble running updates,” Tate said.

Another issue that could affect computers is if the person hasn’t set the time zone correctly. They need to check the time zone tab to make sure it’s set for the zone in which they use the computer. In fact, Tate said, she sees many computers incorrectly set. And there are other issues.

“If the battery has run out, it’s just like a watch. That’s how it keeps time, and when the machine boots, if that happens, it won’t know the time,” she said.

Tate said this early jump in DST reminds her of the year 2000.

“All they will have to do is manually sync their systems up. They can click on the clock, then change the time.

“I knew this was coming. I think if we can pick a time and stick with it, it’d be much easier,” Tate said.

At Eaton’s Jewelry, clocks of all types tick and tock, reminding staff and customers that time is always an issue.

Sales clerk Mary Jacobson said they will be busy.

“It’s going to take a lot of people by surprise,” she said earlier this week. “It keeps us busy for a while. We plan and prepare to be busy.”

Many customers bring their watches and clocks in so that a professional jeweler can set the watch. She said there are reasons for that.

“Sometimes people will pull out the whole stem and crown, on their watches and clocks, even,” she said.

It’s not unusual, she said, for many people to forget to set their watches and then on Monday they find they are running behind as they head out the door to work or school. That’s when some of the watch accidents occur. Jacobson said a customer brought a watch in for repair earlier this week and the customer told them to just go ahead and set it for the correct time and she’d pick it up Monday.

Like Tate, Red River Technology Center’s Principal Ken Layn also would like to see the time stay constant 365 days a year.

He said his daughter resides in Phoenix, an area not affected by daylight-saving time.

Layn isn’t too concerned, though, about the details of DST other than he has to make sure he gets to church on time Sunday morning.

“Our custodial staff comes in ahead of time and has all the clocks reset, has our system reset,” he said. That way, Monday morning, the staff and students arrive to find the correct time on all the clocks in the building.

A few area churches are telling their members to wait until after normal services to set clocks forward. Members should check with their church to see if services will be on daylight-saving time this Sunday.

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