Saturday, March 10, 2012, week 10
Daylight Saving Time can make waking up the morning after “spinging forward” or “falling back” the most confusing times of the year. Fortunately, the Internet is now home to an absurdly accurate clock that can instantly put any confusion to rest.
Time.is tells you whether your computer clock is fast or slow — down to ±5 millisecond.
Though Time.is boasts about being the world’s most accurate web clock, before its latest upgrade, it had been thrown off by between 20 and 300 milliseconds because of network latency. Now, the site’s accuracy has been significantly improved by using your current location to compensate for the minimum latency of your connection, giving it almost-perfect accuracy.
When I sampled Time.is, it told me the clock on my computer was 1.7 seconds slow. It also knew I was in Brooklyn, N.Y. and sent me this helpful alert: “Brooklyn switches to daylight saving time at 02:00 on Sunday, March 11. The time is set one hour forward.”
Advanced users can take advantage of Time.is’s calendar, favorite locations and find the time difference between two locations. The clock is truly global — you can adjust the first day of the week (Saturday, Sunday or Monday), the date format and the time format.
Have you seen any other great time-telling resources online? What about mobile apps? Share your go-to clocks in the comments.