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With the Apple Watch available now, maybe more people will be interested in wearing fancy watches again -- instead of just relying on their phones. Fancy watches once focused on telling time with extreme accuracy, but then digital watches made it really cheap to keep accurate time that was more than "good enough" for most folks. It used to be annoying to need to adjust clocks for daylight savings and power outages, but as more and more clocks are connected to the internet (except for ovens and some cheap alarm clocks), we barely need to think about how to change the time on a clock (who owns a VCR anymore?). Check out these links on accurate time keeping. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

Filed Under: accuracy, atomic clock, clocks, john harrison, leap second, pendulum clock, time, watches


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    Stephen, 30 Apr 2015 @ 7:53pm

    Leap Seconds are Essential

    Or join the movement trying to abolish the leap second entirely, but that probably won't happen until 2018.
    Leap seconds are needed for the same reason leap days are needed every fourth year: to keep our clocks and watches synced with the Earth's rotation and its motion around the Sun.

    By the way, if you think Linux (& UNIX) systems have a problem with leap seconds that will be a minor hiccup compared to the train wreck looming for January 19, 2038 at 3:14:07 GMT.

    Perhaps those looking to abolish leap seconds should get their priorities in order. (Reportedly some systems are going to start showing issues re the 2038 problem as early as 2018.)

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