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Timezone Changed to GMT
Posted on 27 July 1998, 21:26 GMT

Our time displays have changed from CET (the server's local timezone) to GMT. The file archives, filenews and filenews-binaries mailing lists, and other pages have all been changed over to GMT. We hope this is more convenient and useful to our visitors.

 


The comments below are written by ticalc.org visitors. Their views are not necessarily those of ticalc.org, and ticalc.org takes no responsibility for their content.


Re: Timezone Changed to GMT
Kirk Meyer
(Web Page)

Thanks, guys. I was about to suggest that myself. While most Americans don't know what time it is in CEST, many know what time it is in GMT (myself included). Now all of the times that you show are much more meaningful to me. People are always talking about all these different time zones and it would make things much simpler if everything was GMT (which it now is on your site).

     28 July 1998, 01:29 GMT

Re: Re: Timezone Changed to GMT
Chris

What is GMT and what is it relationship to EST?

     28 July 1998, 16:35 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Timezone Changed to GMT
ticalc_chris
(Web Page)

GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time, also known as Universal Time (UTC). It's the timezone of Greenwich, England, which is generally acknowledged as the "main" time zone.

During the summer (daylight savings), eastern time (EDT) is 4 hours behind GMT. The rest of the time (EST), it's 5 hours behind. One of the nice things about GMT is that it doesn't have a daylight savings time to worry about. See the URL above for some more information.

     28 July 1998, 17:25 GMT

Re: Re: Timezone Changed to GMT
Chris

What is GMT and what is it relationship to EST?

     28 July 1998, 16:35 GMT


Re: Re: Timezone Changed to GMT
Dark Ryder

I thought that the times were in CEST (Central European Standard Time), not EST. I guess it _does_ make a lot of sense to switch everything to GMT. It's hard to get that mixed up.

     28 July 1998, 18:19 GMT

Re: Timezone Changed to GMT
Dan Thaning
(Web Page)

That was the right thing to do. One Earth,One Time:-)

     28 July 1998, 18:23 GMT

Re: Timezone Changed to GMT
Nick Disabato
(Web Page)

Another suggestion: why not make the times GMT/EST or EDT? Implementing both could help make things less confusing for people who live in the US.

     28 July 1998, 19:41 GMT


Re: Re: Timezone Changed to GMT
ticalc_chris

How would you propose we decide which other timezone to show? Even if we took a survey and found out that most of our visitors are in EST/EDT (and I'm guessing that's not the case), it doesn't make sense to play favorites.

We switched to GMT to stay "neutral" -- everyone SHOULD be familiar with it. It would be nice if things always showed up customized for your locality, but since we can't satisfy everybody we're doing the next best thing.

     28 July 1998, 21:52 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Timezone Changed to GMT
Andy Selle
(Web Page)

I think he meant putting both. They say it on TV like that: "8 Eastern 7 Central."

     29 July 1998, 04:23 GMT

Re: Timezone Changed to GMT
Ken R

i think changing it was a wonderful idea

     28 July 1998, 22:42 GMT

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