Public service announcement | Daylight saving end in Australia and the Ikea VIKIS digital clock

I do this post whenever we change over between daylight saving time and standard time because this clock defies intuition.

If you own an Ikea VIKIS digital clock and you no longer have the instruction/user manual here are the instructions. I reproduce them here for your information.

VIKIS alarm clock has date, time and alarm functions and background lighting. In addition to the alarm function you can also activate an optional function that gives a signal every hour (chime) and a snooze function that lets you wake up gradually.

FUNCTION BUTTONS
The SET and MODE buttons are used to set the various functions of the clock. Please see below for a more detailed description and illustrations.
The LIGHT button is used to switch on the background lighting.
HOW TO SET DATE AND TIME
1. Press the SET button 4 times to display MONTH. Use the MODE button to set the correct month.
2. Press the SET button once more to display DAY. Use the MODE button to set the correct day.
3. Press the SET button one more time to display HOURS. Use the MODE button to set the correct hour. Note that A P or H appears to the right of the display. A = AM P = PM H = 24-hour clock. (Choose the desired format by pressing the MODE button.)
4. Press the SET button again to display MINUTES. Use the MODE button to set the correct minute value.
5. To save the settings you have entered. press SET and then MODE.
HOW TO VIEW CURRENT SETTINGS
Press the MODE button to see the current settings.
Press 1 time to show current alarm time.
Press 2 times to show current date.
Press 3 times to show current seconds (Press SET to zero the seconds.)
Press 4 times to return to current time.

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I’m not a fan of daylight saving. It would be more convenient not to have it. We have this silly situation when in Summer we have five time zones. If anything we should do reverse daylight saving time in the northern parts of Australia in the dry season (but that is another argument for another time). One of my pet peeves is when people use the Australian acronyms for the times incorrectly.

AEST means Australian Eastern Standard Time (you can figure out C = central and W = Western)

AEDT Australian Eastern Daylight Time It is not AEDST nor does AEST stand for Australian Eastern Summer Time

For reasons that escape me, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) a government funded organisation doesn’t follow the Australian Government Style Manual which sets out nicely the proper terms.

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