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rblampain 07-01-2010 03:36 AM

How many computers have wrong time zone?
 
There is a lot of statistics concerning almost every aspect related to computers.

Does anyone know of stats that gives an idea of the number or percentage of computers connected to the Internet that have the wrong time zone?

Thank you for your help.

konsolebox 07-01-2010 06:23 AM

Hmmm... Can I ask why you need to know?..

onebuck 07-01-2010 08:34 AM

Hi,

My answer to the OP would be the ones like the user or 'su' don't know nor care how to setup the system properly. Somewhat like the flashing time on a 'VCR' or appliance. Don't care! Don't know or understand how to setup.

:hattip:

cantab 07-02-2010 07:19 AM

On an anecdotal basis: The time is usually correct. The time zone may be wrong but that's rare. What is somewhat commonly set wrong is the date. Probably because it's less visible. Time is always there at the bottom left, date isn't.

rblampain 07-17-2010 11:17 AM

Thank you all for the comments.
The reason for the question was to know how reliable it is to detect the time zone of a computer of a visitor to a web site although wrong assumptions made in that respect only lead to minor annoyances for this visitor.

floppywhopper 07-17-2010 07:21 PM

From time to time I'll get an e-mail showing a vastly out-of-date date and time, this tells me that their bios battery has probably gone and their date has reset.

As for mine, date and time is easy to set up and maintain in Mandriva and my time is synced to time servers around the world.

floppy

jay73 07-17-2010 08:43 PM

Quote:

The reason for the question was to know how reliable it is to detect the time zone of a computer of a visitor to a web site although wrong assumptions made in that respect only lead to minor annoyances for this visitor.
Can't you determine their location from the IP address?

phil.d.g 07-17-2010 08:46 PM

I know someone who manually changed the time to suit daylight savings. Then, once realised the time kept getting reset back, went and disabled ntpd. The time zone was set to UTC, or GMT+1 rather than Europe/London and was never changed.

On the other hand, I let ntp manage my time. Set the correct time zone, set the BIOS clock to about the right time UTC, and let it do it's thing.

rblampain 07-19-2010 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jay73 (Post 4036722)
Can't you determine their location from the IP address?

Apparently this is not guaranteed either.


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