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Let’s do the timewarp again

I’m using a cluster machine in the university library, and for some reason the computer’s clock only seems to go between 00:00 and 00:10 before going back to 00:00 again. It’s as if it’s stuck in a post-midnight timewarp.

What’s more bizarre is that the date is almost correct (it says 3rd March 2007). Can’t think why the clock is stuck like that, but it’s a bit annoying.


  1. It’s nice to see Windows do something new and bizarre isn’t it? If it’s just the one machine then I have no explanation, if it’s several machines then it could be a dodgy time server?

  2. I was thinking it could be a dodgy time server – I didn’t bother to check other machines as I was just using one to check my email (mostly to pass time while waiting for the pub to open). I can’t imagine the CMOS battery would be at fault since I’ve seen what happens when one of those goes dead and usually the time is fine while the OS is running.
    And surprise surprise, Google is already showing Rocky Horror Show adverts here.