After the kids have finished trick-or-treating on Halloween, it will be time to walk around the house before going to bed and reset the clocks on all your appliances and alarms. Or will it? With so many “smart” devices, manually adjusting your clocks is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Smart devices run on Network Time Protocol which uses Coordinated Universal Time to synchronize computer clock times. By default, smartphones are set to automatically update the time as it changes by “checking in” with the cell towers in your immediate area—adjusting not only the time on your phone, but also your calendar appointments and alarms. Computers have a real-time clock—a special hardware device containing a quartz crystal on the motherboard that maintains the time—and when connected to the internet query a time server for the current time. Today’s household smart appliances automatically reset too!
Life sure is easier thanks to technology. Enjoy your extra hour of sleep Nov 1.
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First published in our October 2020 IT Radix Resource newsletter