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(The Next Web)   No, you and your alarm clock are not on an alternative timeline. Neither is your microwave   ( thenextweb.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Clock, clocks, digital clocks, digital alarm clocks, electric clocks, Time, frequency deviations, power grid  
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2018-03-07 02:09:52 AM  
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2018-03-07 04:30:04 AM  
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2018-03-07 06:35:48 AM  
Time for someone to get out and give the ol' cube a spin again.

/Not it.  I did it last time.
 
2018-03-07 07:04:17 AM  

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Came to post this.

Tiny fist, etc.
 
2018-03-07 07:25:31 AM  
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Well, not taking a dump on your clock would probably help too.
 
2018-03-07 07:30:51 AM  
But a big screen TV and a Microwave can alter time.
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2018-03-07 08:01:16 AM  
I got real tired of cheap-ass alarm clocks, spending $40 every year or so buying the same goddamned chinese chipset wrapped in yet another annoying plastic user interface, and sporting power supplies inadequate to the task of waking me by sounding the buzzer continually, every nine minutes, for hours.

So I researched and splurged on a high-end clock radio with battery backup and WWV time service tuner.

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SO glad I did.  Little bugger has decent sound, too.  Not great but decent.  Been around over 5 years now and still going strong.

It does not GAF what the line frequency is... it listens to Boulder and syncs to the atomic clock at NIST.  Dunno if you Eurofarkers have an equivalent service, but most people use their phones these days anyway.
 
2018-03-07 08:03:30 AM  
The alternate timeline is usually localized to the United States with the highest temporal disruption flux rate occurring over the White House. What's happening in Europe is due to stray space-time distortions escaping from the United States.
 
2018-03-07 08:09:01 AM  
I've stopped using an alarm clock in the mornings. I wake up naturally right around when I should and feel way better for it. I only break one out if I need to wake up at a strange hour or need to remind myself to take the soup off the stove.

Sudden wake-ups stick with me all day.
 
2018-03-07 08:13:24 AM  
CSB

Enlisted in the Air Force, first duty station in England.  Took my American alarm clock with me as I was told the dorms have 120V with the standard US plug.  What they neglected to tell me was the UK was 50Hz while the US is 60Hz.  Needless to say I was very late on my first day.  I only knew something was wrong when the clock said 430AM but I was wide awake, and there was full daylight outside.

Thankfully, it was the Air Force.  No real consequences.
 
2018-03-07 08:17:13 AM  

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2018-03-07 08:21:15 AM  
I put instant coffee into a microwave oven and almost went back in time.

--S Wright
 
2018-03-07 08:22:51 AM  
I am surprised to hear new clocks are not quartz controlled.
 
2018-03-07 08:28:27 AM  

jaytkay: I am surprised to hear new clocks are not quartz controlled.


People are cheap asses.
 
2018-03-07 08:31:44 AM  

jaytkay: I am surprised to hear new clocks are not quartz controlled.


The crystal would more than double the cost of the clock generator circuit, and up until now offered no advantage over using the incoming 50 Hz as a reference clock.
 
2018-03-07 08:33:28 AM  
My high school had a master clock and the wall clocks in each classroom were sync'd to it. A couple guys connected a frequency generator via an amplifier to the master clock and speed the clocks up most of the day, but slowed them down during lunch. Wasn't a big difference, but it's the thought that counts.
 
2018-03-07 08:44:08 AM  
I'm wondering what other timekeeping devices might still be tied to mains frequency and how much fun one could have messing with a continent's mains frequency.

Also, I'm relieved I wasn't going mad.

/subby
 
2018-03-07 08:45:50 AM  
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2018-03-07 08:50:02 AM  
This explains why my cheapo Argos microwave needs resetting every week or so.

Hadn't really thought about how or why.

As for alarm clocks, I use my phone or (if I am concerned that I'll snooze my phone) an alo wind-up analogue alsrm clock.  That also keeps terrible time, but is jarring and unpleasant enough that I seem to always wake up before it goes off to avoid it.
 
2018-03-07 08:55:19 AM  
once again, Europe struggles to keep up with the times.
 
2018-03-07 09:14:06 AM  
When I was in Iraq, our trailers only had 220v power, so we had to get converters to use our stuff. Every 3 weeks my alarm clock kept being way off. I thought my roomate was farking with me until I realized the converters only changed the power to 110v, they didn't change frequency from 50 to 60htz
 
2018-03-07 09:21:23 AM  

bughunter: It does not GAF what the line frequency is... it listens to Boulder and syncs to the atomic clock at NIST. Dunno if you Eurofarkers have an equivalent service, but most people use their phones these days anyway.


They do.
 
2018-03-07 09:22:13 AM  

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Well, not taking a dump on your clock would probably help too.


Maybe he has diarrhadio.
 
2018-03-07 10:03:13 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: I've stopped using an alarm clock in the mornings. I wake up naturally right around when I should and feel way better for it. I only break one out if I need to wake up at a strange hour or need to remind myself to take the soup off the stove.

Sudden wake-ups stick with me all day.


I have an alarm set but 99% of the time I am awake prior to it's chime.  I just don't trust my body completely to not have a backup.  It's amazing how often I open my eyes exactly one minute before the alarm, i'll never understand that.
 
2018-03-07 10:11:20 AM  
50hz seems like it'd be a little more difficult to sync to than 60hz, I guess that's why it's averaged over a day.

I bet Doc Brown could help.
 
2018-03-07 10:37:05 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: 50hz seems like it'd be a little more difficult to sync to than 60hz, I guess that's why it's averaged over a day.

I bet Doc Brown could help.


Nominal 60Hz power also varies and the 24 hour average is maintained.

Here's a guy who graphed the performance. On the first day he saw a 0.56 second deviance from a quartz watch. But in the comments "Naval Person" says the electric clock circuitry can be improved.

Ch00ftech - Are you sure about that 60Hz
 
2018-03-07 10:42:49 AM  

MythDragon: When I was in Iraq, our trailers only had 220v power, so we had to get converters to use our stuff. Every 3 weeks my alarm clock kept being way off. I thought my roomate was farking with me until I realized the converters only changed the power to 110v, they didn't change frequency from 50 to 60htz


Where did your trailers get their power, from US supplied gensets?  If so, those should be running at 60 Hz but their speed regulation could easily be off enough to account for clocks being noticeably off within 3 weeks.

However, if your clock had been running on 50 Hz power, it'd have been off significantly within one day.
 
2018-03-07 11:43:34 AM  
CSB: Many years ago I moved two provinces over to live in a basement suite with my best friend and his girlfriend. My parents had given me a new alarm clock (with built in CD player) as a gift because my old one was a piece of junk.

It worked fine to start off with but soon the time was just all over the place. It would lose 10 minutes one day, gain 2 minutes another day, etc. I thought I had just gotten a dud until my roommate bought one of those power bars/surge protectors that also tells you the current voltage coming out of the wall. You could watch it for a minute or two and it would range from 105 to 130. o_O

/our landlord had wired his own basement
//still have the alarm clock and it works fine now
///come in threes
 
2018-03-08 09:23:21 AM  
My dad complained to the power company a few weeks ago about the clocks running slow after checking in with the neighbours to verify the problem was with the grid. They denied anything was wrong and said they were operating within European standards. I should check if he already called them back about it.
 
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