Clocks will spring forward a little earlier this year. Daylight-saving time begins March 11 - three weeks ahead of last year.

Congress decided to extend daylight-savings an entire month in an effort to save energy. The adjustment is part of the Energy Policy Act signed by President Bush in 2005.

The act declared the daylight-saving time will start the second Sunday in March instead of the first Sunday in April. And instead of ending on the last Sunday in October, the period now will end the first Sunday in November.

For the Pendleton-Hermiston area, sunrise will take place at 7:16 a.m. on the 11th and sunset will be at 6:55 p.m. For Arlington residents, sunrise is 7:21 a.m. Portland's sunrise will be 7:31 a.m.

Though the time difference isn't all that radical, some are wondering if the time change could cause headaches for users of computers and other high-tech devices.

While most computers, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), operating systems and software applications adjust time automatically, some computer experts worry some systems may not react to the time change.

The EO asked a local technology expert if the time change will wreak havoc.

"It has the potential to do that," said Cheri Rhinhart, technology manager for the Umatilla-Morrow Education Service District. "It depends on several factors - the vintage and version of your hardware, software and the device you are using."

Since the energy act was passed in 2005, most companies have developed updates, or "patches," as Rhinhart calls them.

"There was enough time so most companies and venders have taken care of it," she said. "We are all hoping for a painless transition at the ESD."

Scott Mix, director of information systems at Hermiston's Good Shepherd Medical Center, said the hospital computers are ready for the time change.

Only one of the hospital's 30 servers had to be manually updated, while the others adjusted automatically.

"All the updates have been automatically installed," he said. "Our computers are ready to go."

Home computer users can manually change their computer's time display whenever necessary. Adjusting most computers, he said, is a simple matter of double-clicking on the time.

The United States first began daylight savings time during World War I. Now, 50 states and about 70 countries take part in the time change.

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