Today is one of those days that you will be able to see just how war into technology you are. How many of your clocks automatically switched over to daylight savings time?
In my youth, it was pretty simple. Your wristwatch, kitchen wall clock, maybe a mantle clock and your alarm clock. Then as time moved forward, your VCR, which in many houses seemed to be an option with many spending their entire lives blinking 12:00, and let not forget microwaves and early generation voice mail machines.
And that reminds me of a story. When I was first hosting the TV show, I asked a Bell Canada spokesperson why each exchange seemed to have a different time. The answer was surprisingly simple. The last step in servicing the software was to reset the time by hand, so ultimately, each exchange was working on the watch time of the technician.
Anyway, staying on track, it was really the smartphones that started this whole process of clocks actually being exactly on time, when your provider was able to sync their clocks to the atomic clock, and then as we moved through time, to update the clocks that connected with the internet or to your smartphone.
So, as we sit in 2019 let’s see just how many clocks there are kicking around, and what in fact automatically change the time.
For openers all of your computers should have updated by themselves, that would be desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches and smart TVs. Also on the auto-update list would be smart mirrors, after all, it’s important to keep you mirror on time, smart toothbrushes, smart thermostats, and pretty much anything else that has the word “Smart” in it, with the notable exception of smart politicians.
And just which watch is the dumbest clock that you use all the time? Yup, the one in your car. Maybe in the 2020s.
Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard