Special interestHow many devices do you own which tell the time?
      – George, 2009-03-17 at 02:54:02   (26 comments)

On 2009-03-17 at 02:55:11, George wrote...
For me, in approx size order: car, boiler, oven, microwave,desktop pc, wall clock, vcr, dvd recorder, playstation 2, laptop, stereo, camera (3), sound recorder, alarm clock, mp3 player(2),phone, watch (2), shower clock. Think that's it. 22. Fairly ridiculous. I wish they'd get rid of British Summer Time in the UK. Or rather, I wish they'd keep the time in the UK at GMT +1.
On 2009-03-17 at 03:09:15, Saywhatagain wrote...
Fascination with clocks / watches - don't have enough fingers and toes.
On 2009-03-17 at 06:13:43, Baslisks wrote...
Alot, though I mostly use my cell phone. On another note I'd love a e-paper pocket watch. Change the style every day and such if I wanted. Would be cool.
On 2009-03-17 at 11:49:42, Thelevellers wrote...
I use my mobile as a watch - even when I'm wearing my watch! I have 2 watches (wrist and shiny cool pocket), a mobile, mp3 player (that even wished me a happy birthday!), desktop, two clocks, stereo, house mates ;) So that's 8 for me. Though one of the clocks refuses to stop or tell the right time... :s Think I'll leave that one here when I move out! ;)
On 2009-03-17 at 12:26:32, George wrote...
@Baslisks: that would be cool. Would you have it on a chain like in the old films etc?!
On 2009-03-17 at 12:53:10, Baslisks wrote...
Sure, whatever you want it to be. I mean its completely up to the owners how they have it working.
On 2009-03-17 at 14:28:42, Lee J Haywood wrote...
About 10, excluding ones I don't use. Bathroom and kitchen clocks (both radio synchronised - good for GMT/BST switches), boiler, living room, alarm clock, camera, mobile, home computer, work computer, car. All my clocks are digital - I cannot stand 12 hour / analogue displays.
On 2009-03-17 at 14:36:44, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I have a similar question. If you switch off your computer, TV, DVD, chargers, etc. at the socket - basically (e.g. for going to bed or going out for a day or two) so that nothing is left on standby... how many things are still using electricity in your house? Spend some time thinking about it. There are obvious things like the refrigerator and freezer, but less obvious ones like the boiler control/pump, burglar alarm, alarm clock, outdoor security light. And the washing machine is wired-in so technically always in standby. So that's around 7 which is a lot for saying I feel like everything's switched off.
On 2009-03-17 at 15:50:01, Thelevellers wrote...
Can't stand analog displays?! Seems weird to have a problem with them to me! Though I haven't really thought about it as such before... Admittedly I prefer funky ones, like my backwards clock (my housemates last year weren't so keen on that, made them late for lectures!), or my pocketwatch... That's a good point about the 'secret' standbys... Especially as I don't know the code for the burglar alarm here, so it's not even in use! Bloody useless letting agency...
On 2009-03-17 at 16:22:14, Lee J Haywood wrote...
My mobile claims to auto-adjust, but it's 1m20s out now so I've just switched it back to manual. I forgot my indoor/outdoor temperature sensor has a clock on it, and my 2 air conditioner remote controls have clocks on them (although the batteries are removed in winter) - bringing me up to 13 clocks (I can think of at least 5 others I don't use). I did buy a couple of Vessel Time Tags for a while, and they manage to survive the washing machine + tumble drying, but they're a little bulky and not great (12 hour, too - ☹). http://www.vessel.com/prod_cur_tempo.html I'm waiting for the day you can have something completely flat around your wrist (or stuck to the back of your hand), rather than the bulky watches we have today.
On 2009-03-19 at 02:41:34, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Come on, I love bulky steel watches. The self-recharging Seiko makes are cool.
On 2009-03-19 at 02:48:12, BorgClown wrote...
OK, my watches (the ones in daily use): laptop, wristwatch (analog :), cell phones, PDA, two house phones, microwave, stove, VCR, TV, alarm clock, antenna clock, and one decorative analog one, makes 13. My wife uses five more. We have another 5 we don't bother setting on time. 23 on total.
On 2009-03-19 at 09:40:59, Lee J Haywood wrote...
They just get in the way, and I took to mainly using the one on the computer at home, in the car, and on the computer at work. Then I got a mobile telephone and that's always with me to look at the time. 23 is a lot - I would dislike daylight savings switches a bit if I had that many to change.
On 2009-03-21 at 07:32:25, BorgClown wrote...
The computers use NTP, and the PDA/phones synch with it. Out main alarm clock receives an atomic clock signal. The rest get updated when we feel like it, you don't have to fix them all the same day.
On 2009-03-21 at 10:25:04, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Someone pointed out to me that web servers know what time it is, so I wrote a C program that does a HTTP HEAD on Google's home page and then a script passes the date/time to the hwclock command - it's only accurate to the nearest second or so, but that's good enough.
On 2009-03-21 at 18:06:08, Baslisks wrote...
reading this makes me think of relativity and such...
On 2009-04-01 at 21:24:36, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.inewidea.com/2008/07/18/6396.html
On 2009-04-02 at 06:00:56, BorgClown wrote...
Oh, come on, it's so cool it's gotta be a joke =)
On 2009-04-02 at 09:29:14, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's a design, and as such not required to exist (yet). It does demonstrate the non-bulkiness of a timepiece that I'd want before being willing to wear one... although mobile telephones have kinda taken over the role completely. I guess in the future we won't have to actually waste time taking the mobile out of our pocket to check the time and look for missed messages, etc.
On 2009-04-03 at 07:31:53, BorgClown wrote...
What's next, a design for a retinal LCD?
On 2009-04-03 at 07:32:09, BorgClown wrote...
Whoa, like the Terminator. I want one.
On 2009-04-03 at 08:15:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-Bionic-Eye-Fully-Fledged-LCD-Display-In-a-Contact-Lens-80029.shtml
On 2009-04-03 at 12:56:55, Thelevellers wrote...
Want. :D
On 2009-04-04 at 06:27:28, BorgClown wrote...
There's nothing new under the sun. Except trolls, maybe.
On 2009-04-04 at 09:36:06, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Are you calling me a troll?
On 2009-04-05 at 03:39:41, BorgClown wrote...
Chill out, gosh. Trolls, like vampires, are always new under the sun. The ones who are not become rock or dust.