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Why does my answering machine want to know what year it is?

Posted 05-25-2012 at 02:52 PM by drask

This is completely off topic, but I've been wondering about it for a while. The last few times I have bought an answering machine, it wants me to set the date so it can announce the day and time when the call was received, a very helpful feature. Then it wants to know the year. So it knows the day of the week, hour, minute, and year. Why does it want to know the year? I mean, if it knew the date and month, then it could do useful things like adjusting for daylight savings time. But as it is, it has no idea when daylight savings time starts or ends or when the year ends or anything. Is it there so if I forget whether I received that message on Friday 2009 or Friday 2010 I'll have a helpful reminder? Since the machine only keeps 16 messages, that seems pointless.

So I'm serious, if anyone knows the logic behind this, I'd love to know. If it were only one answering machine, I would just assume it was poor programming, or some chip had room to store one more int16 so why not or something, but I have noticed this at least 3 times in the last 6-7 years.
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    If it only announces the day of the week then the year isn't needed.

    If it announces the day of the month then the year can let it know if there are 29 days in February.
    Posted 05-25-2012 at 06:00 PM by TracyTiger TracyTiger is offline


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