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It's wholly due to bad programming. Put the timestamps in epoch time - that never changes, then read them back in whatever your current timezone is. If you're in a situation like you were where timezones change frequently, you'll also need to record the timezone when the entry was made for reference.

Given that servers frequently changing timezones can be sorted out by a modicum of thought by programmers and is actually pretty rare in the grand scheme of things, I don't think it's too heavy a price to pay.

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