Got time? It seems no one can ever get enough. Wall clocks, wrist watches and calendars litter our homes, while a desktop clock, a clock calendar, a world clock, an atomic clock, international clock or even a screensaver clock decorates our computers like little trinkets on a Christmas tree. They make our day, mark our movements, and tick to our (deadliest) deadline.
Yes, time is overrated but there's nothing like a watch to set us working. In a world connected by the Internet, time is even made a little more complicated. People connected to other people need to know just the right timing for everything. For instance, as we speak we know somewhere in the world people are sleeping, eating or just about to get ready for work.
Thankfully, we don't have to disturb a meal or sleep when we have world clocks to direct us. A world clock, also known as an international clock, is a general term for clocks that allow us to view what time it is in other places. Downloaded online, a world clock could come in useful in simultaneous video communication among people in different areas of the world. The following terms may prove useful:
- Time zone converter - shows time between two cities or two places.
- Meeting planner - shows time between three or more places with different time zones. This is perfect for that online meeting or simply chats with relatives abroad.
- Daylight savings time - you may encounter this when using a world clock. Simply put, Daylight Savings Time or DST is one way people make the most of ‘daylight' in springtime, by pushing the clock one hour earlier. An hour is subtracted during autumn. Various countries have different DSTs at different times of the year to suit different purposes. Festivals and other special occasions may dictate when to turn the clock one hour earlier or later. Some countries do not observe DST at all.
- Time zone - is an area in a particular country where time is more or less the same. For example, cities or places within close proximity on a map within a particular time zone will all have the standard or local time.
A favorite world clock may be found at timeanddate.com. This needs to be accessed on the website itself, so downloading a widget for a world clock may be a better idea. Yahoo, for instance offers about 1,000 free widgets to choose from. Some widgets may also display weather conditions aside from the usual time.
The most common complaints users have against these world clocks are that the clocks don't simply work properly. The most effective way, then, is to read reviews made by other users before downloading a screensaver clock, a widget, etc. on to your desktop. Another huge setback when using a world clock is that it doesn't indicate a holiday or a special local event. It may be advisable to research the locale for these events as well as the time.
Now, with a world clock, we could tell what time it is--ours and the time all over the world. These ‘times' could come in delightful packages: as a screensaver clock, as a calendar clock, on the desktop (through a desktop clock), or by using frequencies (via atomic clocks). Then there's the international clock where we could keep track of whether Uncle Marty has gone to sleep or if Sunako Takashima has woken up. No matter where we live, it's a comfort to know that we know what time it is.