[LINK] Telling the Time on the Internet
Fri, 16 Mar 2001 03:19:45 +1100
I attended the ICANN meetings in Melbourne which was fun. On the last day,
Tuesday, the Board was trying to schedule a teleconference for early April.
Everybody seemed to be having trouble with the time zones - Eastern Pacific time
With all the confusion, some wit (I don't know who) said something like "It's
funny how we've got a room full of engineers and we still can't tell the time!!"
which got a laugh. Then someone on the Board said "The big hand is on the . . .
". Very humorous ;-).
But it reminded me of a problem I've been having for a while. Using Outlook
Express (sorry) I hit reply and get something like the following - in my local
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 1:59 PM
Of course, somebody reading the email doesn't know where I am so cannot
calculate the relative time. I think Sydney is at GMT + 10 hrs but I'm not sure
what time zone that is particularly when we are in Daylight Saving.
Should we use our local time zones or be relative to GMT ? And how do we set it
For example, I sent myself a message as a test. The actual time was 2:52 AM and
when I got the email it showed the date and time in "sent" as 2:52 AM but
"received" as 2:49 AM which I don't understand. Are these dates stamped by the
email client or the server?
And quite a few messages I receive are time stamped so badly that they are
showing a time in advance of me when I am in advance of them. Anybody knows
In fact I heard somebody wants to introduce a real Internet Time ?
Sorry if you think this is off topic !!