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Going back in time


Last night, us Brits changed from British Summer Time back to Greenwich Mean Time. Elsewhere, this is known as the end of Daylight Savings Time, and means putting our clocks back an hour.

Well, some of our clocks. Since the 1990s, an increasing number of domestic devices have been capable of correcting the time themselves.

None of our computers, for example, need the time setting. Nor do our phones Рsmartphones, like computers, can access NTP servers over the internet to request the correct time and date, and are intelligent enough to know when to adjust for daylight savings time.

My FitBit syncs with my phone over Bluetooth and this includes updating the time. This makes it easier for me, and also means that FitBit doesn’t need to include extra buttons for setting the time on the device, thus keeping it simple.

This year will be the first year that we don’t need to change the time on our central heating controls. We got a Nest back in May, and it’s able to update its clock automatically.

There are¬†four clocks that I will need to change. There’s a basic analogue clock in our kitchen, the microwave, my car and a clock radio in our bedroom. Whilst my car and the clock radio also have Bluetooth connections with my phone, these are for phone calls and audio only.

I realised after getting this far that I’d written an almost identical blog post a year ago. The time may change, but my ideas about what makes a good blog post doesn’t.

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