Category Archives: Car

Child Safety Seat at Packard Children’s Hospital

This week, my husband and I went to a car seat inspection¬†at Packard Children’s Hospital. If you live near Stanford University and use a child car seat, it’s definitely worth making an appointment. At first I thought that it would be a quick appointment where they would show us how to install the car seat in the “best way.” It turned out that we learned different ways to install the seat, depending on circumstances, such as with or without LATCH or base. We also learned how to adjust and buckle the harness. Also, we learned how to put the car seat in and out the base without hurting our backs.

The amazing thing was that it was a free service. Appointment slots go pretty quickly so be sure to sign up a month before you need the appointment. If you are expecting, make the appointment for a month before the due date.

Honda GPS Daylight Saving Time Update Impossible

I have less than two months before the warranty on my Honda Accord runs out. I was hoping that the DST start/end dates change would be addressed while my car was still under warranty. When I searched on the internet, it seemed as if there would be a fix, at least for the Acura, around this time from the dealers.

However, I found a faq on the website that sells the GPS Navi update DVDs.

The answer was “The Daylight Savings schedule is stored in the navi, and cannot be changed.” :( The answer continues with instructions on how to change the time manually. It ends with “Then, on the new Daylight Savings scheduled dates, adjust the navi clock plus or minus one hour like the rest of the clocks in your house.”

I don’t know about them, but “the rest of the clocks” in my apartment that require manual time-changes aren’t part of systems that cost thousands of dollars.

Update 2007-10-31: This past Sunday was the day that Daylight Saving Time would have ended. I was supposed to go to the airport at 8:15am. After driving for a bit, I looked at the time to see how late I was going to be and saw that it was 7:15am! It had happened before where I ended up leaving to go somewhere an hour earlier, so I really thought that I was going to be one hour early. Then I realized that it was the day that the time was going to change under the old policy. Whew! But it’s not cool that my car’s clock is out of sync because of a law to change DST.

Honda GPS Navi Updated Clock Today

My heart skipped a beat or two this morning when I checked the car clock on the way to work and it said 11:30. Sure, going to work at 10:30 is late by some standards, but it feels very different to me when it gets to be 11 o’clock. Then it dawned on me that it was probably the traditional date for daylight saving time. When I manually changed the clock last month for the new DST, I didn’t disable the DST setting, so my reliable Honda went ahead and did it for me.

I searched and it seems that there is supposed to be a software patch to address this new DST date. My car is almost due for an oil change for 25K miles. Hopefully the dealer will have something by then. I know, I’m spoiled having gadgets that update their own clocks.

Spring Forward 2007

If you’re in the US, make sure your clocks are showing the correct time. Daylight saving time started 3 weeks early.

So far, these are my gadgets that are not showing the correct time, but should due to sync mechanisms:

  • digital clock that uses radio signal to synchronize time. Even though I changed it to DST on, it is still showing one hour behind
  • Harmony Remote 720. I sync’d it to my computer thinking it would get the correctly updated computer time. It didn’t. I emailed Logitech about it. Update: It turned out that I can change the time on the remote. It’s on the last page of the Activities menu on the remote under System Options. OMG, I think I read the instructions for that but didn’t think to look at the remote. I was looking all over the Harmony client for the option.
  • Sanyo cell phone with Sprint PCS. I thought the phone got the time from the cell towers or something. I wonder what went wrong there. Update: I checked the next day and the time got updated.
  • My car’s clock, which is sync’d to either GPS or XM satellite. I was able to fix it by manually adding 1 hour. It is designed so that I don’t have to manually change for DST on or off. Now, I have to do it. I’ll contact Honda to see if they have anything to address this. This is for a 2004 Accord. To change the time, go to page 4 of the GPS Setup. In the time screen, click the + for the hour in the lower half of the screen.

The Wii, I had to manually change. Initially, I couldn’t find where to change the time so I thought it was automatic. Turned out that to change the time, I had to go under Calendar in the Wii Options. I totally overlooked it because I was looking for Clock or Time.

On the other hand, my microwave is correct, but that’s because I didn’t change the time the last time. :P

DirecTV Tivo is showing the correct time. I got a message from DirecTV that a patch was installed to handle the DST change. Since my Tivo is connected to the phoneline, the updates are done automatically.

My DVD recorder perpetually blinks 12:00… not because I don’t know how to program it. It’s just that it keeps losing the time whenever there is a blackout or something.

Self-parking car!

I just saw a commercial for the Lexus LS, which parallel parks itself!! Woohoo!

Well, I am not buying a car soon, but it’s reassuring that the technology will be around the next time I buy a car. I live in the suburbs where I rarely have to deal with parallel parking. However, when I go to the city, I will pass by countless spots because I can’t competently parallel park.

Here’s the demo of parallel parking. {drool}