|AtomTime95 Accurate time for your PC
by Bruce Adelsman,
copyright 1996, 1997
All rights reserved, a freely distributed application
In India, to the best of my knowledge, there is no way to
find the time accurately. Indian Standard Time(IST), which is official time in India is
hard to come by...
We Indians have in general a cavalier attitude towards
time. So IST has many other expansions... e.g. Indian Stretchable Time.
Here is highly configurable utility which at least will keep the time on your PC to
within a billionth of a second. To download it Click Here (104
KB file). Just unzip it in a directory and start using it.
Suggest you read the documentation in the accompanied MS Word file.
Though it is a freeware and distributable, the author
will like donations... I think such individual effort needs to be encouraged.
AtomTime95 is a 32-bit Win95 Internet (Winsock)
application which will connect to the Atomic Clock time server in Boulder, CO and fetch
the current atomic clock time value. It compares this value to your PC time and displays
the difference. You then have the option of updating your PC clock to match the atomic
clock value. There is also a command line option to have AtomTime automatically set the
clock and exit.
How to Run AtomTime95
If you've made it to this document, then I'm assuming
you've already "unzipped" the .zip file AtomTime95 came in. If not, use an
application like WinZip to unpack the .zip file. To start AtomTime95, simply double-click
on the AtomTime.exe icon.
- The Time Server box shows the time value as reported by the atomic
clock (or other server). If there is an error in the time checking process, an error
message (and possible code) will appear here.
- The Local PC box shows the time as reported by your PC.
- The Local PC difference window displays how far off your PC is from
the time server.
- The Check button will cause the application to gather a new timing
from the time server and compare it to your local PC time.
- The Adjust button will set your PC clock to match the time server
(taking into account your time zone or hour offset, of course).
- Note: If you have not yet checked the time difference (using the
Check button), the Adjust button will have no effect.
- The Settings button allows you to set advanced options.
- The About buttons displays a dialog box with program and author
- The Exit button terminates the application.
This Settings page contains information on the options that control
how the application executes.
- Start Minimized: Enabling this check box will cause the application
to start execution minimized.
- Check Time when Minimized: This checkbox enables the application to
run in the background and attempt to check the time roughly once a minute. When it has
successfully retrieved a time server value, it will automatically restore the application
and display the difference.
- Triple Request Time Check: When this option is enabled, AtomTime will
request the time server value three times to help work out network lag (mainly by keeping
the pathway active). When this option is disabled, the time server value will be requested
Time Server page
This page defines the address for the time server.
- Use Atomic Clock Time Server: By default, AtomTime uses the Atomic
Clock server in Boulder, CO. NOTE: This server reports the time in Universal Time
Coordinated (UTC) and should work fine for everyone, regardless of where in the world you
live, as long as you have the correct time zone and daylight savings settings under the
Windows 95 Date/Time control panel. Wrong time zone and daylight saving settings are
by far the biggest problem users encounter when using AtomTime; please double-check these
settings and complain to Microsoft if it doesn't properly support your area of the world.
- Alternate Time Server Address: If you really want to use a less
accurate time server, you can turn off the Atomic Clock server and enter a time server
- Hours Offset: The number of hours ahead or behind the Alternate time
server is from your local time. If you'd like to have Atomtime use your current time zone
and daylight savings settings as the offset (same as Atomic Clock server option) then you
can leave this field blank.
© 1999 Dr. Raj Mehta. All rights reserved.