What will the Samoans’ Online Calendars Do?

As many of you have heard, Samoa is changing time zones and losing a day.

What will their online calendars do? As Flemming Christiansen pointed out in his blog post, users of Notes may have a patch.

 I am enjoying the news coverage.  Because, when John Lance and I were working on Lotus Notes and the Notes calendar, we’d compe up with all sorts of use cases….

For example:

Samantha is flying backward over the internatoinal date line on  the same day as Daylight savings time kicks in. At what time do we have it take effect? (and don’t think it’s irrelevant… she OBVIOUSLY used her local replica and worked during the entire plane ride…)

Ted has a recurring private calendar entryfor his “secret tryst” meeting with Samantha.  If he reschedules one of the series, how can he be sure it remains a private entry? Betty would give him hell is she found out….

Ted got married on Feb 29, 1992.  He made an “Anniversary” entry in his Calendar way back then. Where do we put the anniversary  the other 3 years? Feb 28 or March1? or maybe it doesn’t matter once the wife finds out about Samantha….

We had lots of fun embellishing our use cases. But NEVER, even with John’s creative and comic mind, did we EVER conceive of a use case in which an entire country changes the date!

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  1. #1 by Mitch Cohen on January 1, 2012 - 09:16

    This is actually the second time Samoa has moved across the International Date line they can’t seem to make up their mind. Don’t forget additional complexities for members of various religions, here is a link about Jews and the Sabbath when a country decides to skip a day http://kavvanotes.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/interesting-problem-of-jewish-samoa-and-the-international-date-line/

    I do laugh though knowing this is the kind of stuff that keeps John up at nights worrying 🙂

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