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12 March 2016

Public service is in our blood. Twice a year, anyway, when we feel the urge to remind you that Daylight Saving Time (for those of us who observe it) takes effect at 2 a.m. tomorrow. Which instantly becomes 3 a.m.

We lose an hour in this brief life, though daylight extends an hour later. It comes with a hazard to your health though with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes the first two days as we all adjust.

Our computers are smart enough to set themselves these days, so we recapture a few minutes of our time. But that's about it. Our other devices require "intervention," as surgeons like to call it.

After many years of mixed results following inferior methods, we've settled the method of changing all the clocks when making the rounds before retiring on Saturday night.

The old VCR has been retired, but there's still the toaster oven, the microwave, the oven itself, the kitchen clock (why four clocks in one room?), the assorted clock/radios, the shop clock, the answering machine clock, the antique Casio solar chronograph we call Patek Philippe, the atomic clock in the radon-insulated bunker and the clock in the car.

Sorry to put you through that, but that paragraph is what we use to set all our clocks before retiring.

After tending to all those (and the car clock manual, which explains which hidden radio keys to use), we hit the sack with something like a feeling of accomplishment. We have moved history up an hour.

Guess which clocks we still manage to forget. Right, the clocks in our cameras. Hence this public service announcement. Set the clock in your cameras for Daylight Saving Time tonight.

And if you don't happen to make the change before you shoot some photos, don't worry. Just download Pasini's Time Machine, our free utility to fix the time on those images.

After you set the clocks in your cameras.

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