We are not even going into the great questions of what time is. We will leave that to to the philosophers to debate and the physicists to define. We will give some great tools for your computer as well as some fun clocks for your Web pages.
A special thanks goes out to Gari (JavaBeanz) for e-mailing with some of his favorite time links when he found out that we were covering this subject.
The measure of time is part of the Metric System which is also known as the SI. The basic unit of time is the second. The second is defined as:
"The second is the duration of
9 192 631 770periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133atom."
You can learn more about it here: BIPM - second
There are many time keepers around the world. Here are just a few:
You probably already know that Windows XP has built in Time synchronization. The built in synchronization interval is a week, but that can be changed. MS-MVP Doug Knox provides a nifty little utility that will allow you to change the time sync interval in Windows XP.
Change Internet Time Sync Interval
Did you know that you can add time servers to the drop down "Server:" listing? Just type it in. In this case I added an NIST server in Cupertino, CA. Be sure when you choose a time server that it is open. It is best to choose a server that is geographically close to you if possible. Unless you are having problems, there is no reason not to use the Windows default (time.windows.com -- at least that's the US default).
PCWorld.com - Is Microsoft's Time Warped (this is an older article about a problem that no longer exists, but it gives some insights into Windows XP time keeping.)
My all-time favorite computer clock program, GeoClock, provides no synchronization but is a beautiful DOS or Windows based geochron display. It gets its time information from your computer clock and takes it from there. This is shareware, but I invested in GeoClock in 1995 and have never regretted spending the money. I have tried it using Wine and Linux and it did work the last time I checked. Of course there are clock programs available for Linux, but I've never found one quite like GeoClock.
Want to spice up your Web site? Try one of these:
And now we are out of time...
© 2003 Gail Allinson
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