archiv~1: SETI Please check your clocks and timezones.

SETI Please check your clocks and timezones.

David Woolley ( )
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 13:54:16 +0000 (GMT)

For an activity in which accurate time keeping is needed, too many
people are posting on this list with wrong timezone information or
bad clock settings. Could you please check both. Note that US
timezones are in the range -0400 (EDT) to -0800 (PST), except, possibly,
Alaska, and definitely Hawaii.

The sign is the opposite of the sign that should be set when setting a
timezone offset in Unix, although some PC implementations (Borland?) of
the TZ environment variable do use - in this context, for US timezones.

Many good mail programs convert to UTC and sort by the resulting time,
so bad timezones cause threads to read in strange orders.

(My times should be within a couple of seconds, but there will be a
delay of up to about a day between writing and posting.)