In less than four weeks, the sun will rise and set an hour later than normal because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The resumption of daylight-savings time is 21 days earlier than in previous years.
If you are confused of what date daylight-savings time begins (March 18 instead of April 8), so are some of your electronic gizmos whose clocks are run by computer chips. For example, a lot of software manufacturers are going to great lengths to send out patches to prevent computer malfunctions.
Of course, there is an easier way to reduce your anxiety. Spring the clocks forward by hand.
But many 21st century Americans would rather let a chip do it. So go gripe to the makers of your computer, TV, microwave, sprinkler system or any other pre-2005 electronic appliance. If you don’t, some of your gadgets may be asleep when Tracy turns from PST to PDT next month.