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Twice a year, I think Jubal had the right idea

March 9th, 2009 (09:56 am)
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current mood: bemused

As Geek-In-Residence, it's my job to take care of DST changeovers. So yesterday I had to go visit every device we own which has a clock and does not have enough sense to update itself

  1. My alarm clock.
    • To be fair, this one does know about DST changes, but the rules have changed since it was made.
  2. cvirtue 's alarm clock.
  3. A's alarm  clock.
  4. E's alarm clock.
  5. My camera.
  6. cvirtue 's camera.
  7. Our camcorder.
  8. cvirtue 's phone.
    • It gets its time from the network, of course, but it didn't notice the time change, so I had to turn it off and on.
  9. The analog clock in the front room.
  10. The analog clock in the kitchen.
  11. The analog clock in the living room.
  12. The microwave.
  13. The VCR.
  14. The TV.
  15. The van.
  16. The answering machine.
  17. The PlayStation 2.
  18. The indoor/outdoor thermometer—it gets its time from the atomic clock signal, but it's not too reliable about it. This time it worked, but I had to check it, so it counts.

Plus a few I missed:

  1. The 12" TV-plus-VCR that we don't use much any more—I couldn't find the remote.
  2. The timer for the light in our bedroom.
  3. The timer for the light over the front door.
  4. The thermostat.

Twenty-two clocks for four people. And that's not counting my phone or the five(ish) computers, all of which can be trusted to take care of themselves. (The TV and the VCR are supposed to be able to take their clock from a signal on one or more of the TV stations; but it's not reliable, since some of the stations send out bad information—or, at least, they used to; I haven't checked in a while.)

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Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)

The front door light timer I reprogram manually every few months so that it is reasonable to light levels, so it does not pay attention to the time change.

And we wouldn't have so many house clocks if we didn't both dislike wearing wristwatches. Or anklewatches.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)

And we wouldn't have so many house clocks if we didn't both dislike wearing wristwatches. Or anklewatches.

True, but that would cover only a few of them: the three analog clocks, your alarm clock (it's been years since you needed a separate alarm), and maybe the van clock (it might be considered safer than glancing at your wrist). And maybe the kids' clocks; those are mostly for education, rather than actual timekeeping. All the rest are embedded in devices that really do need to know the time. (Admittedly, it wouldn't be a tragedy if the TV clock were wrong, but it's occasionally useful for, say, setting it to turn off right after Ruff Ruffman.)

I guess the microwave could do without a clock, too. As long as there's a clock there, though, I want it to be accurate; I don't want a machine lying to me.

Posted by: dsrtao (dsrtao)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)

TiVo: self-correcting.
MythTV: ditto.
general purpose computers: ditto
PDA: ditto
atomic clock: ditto
needed adjustment: car, microwave, guest-room clock, two analog clocks.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)

TiVo: self-correcting.
MythTV: ditto.

Yeah, I saw you coming on those two. :-) In theory, I'd like a smarter video setup, but we just don't use it enough to be worth the money.

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