What Time Is It?

You may not have noticed but, on and off, a lot of computers have not been getting the time from the internet ever since the change in Daylight Savings Time. There’s a lot of speculation that something in Microsoft’s patch did it. See FYI To Microsoft: Windows Time Synchronization Completely Broken (Vista, 2003, XP are all broken) if you want one of the discussions.

I had been having the problem and only noticed it because I occasionally look at the Event Log to see if any errors have happened. I kept trying to reconfigure my firewall, thinking that was the issue. But, at least for me, changing the time server to ntp-uw.usno.navy.mil fixed it. Both time.windows.com and time.nist.gov no longer worked after the DST change. Here is a list of some available servers:

  • ntp-uw.usno.navy.mil
  • north-america.pool.ntp.org
  • nist1.aol-va.truetime.com … DC/Virginia
  • utcnist.colorado.edu …….. Colorado
  • nist1.aol-ca.truetime.com … California
  • nist1.columbiacountyga.gov .. Georgia
  • nist1.symmetricom.com ……. California
  • nist1-ny.WiTime.net ……… NYC
  • nist1-sj.WiTime.net ……… California
  • nist.expertsmi.com ………. Michigan
  • nist1-dc.WiTime.net ……… DC/Virginia

Just do a copy and paste of the server you want to use into your time server selection. You can get there by double-clicking on the time display in Window’s taskbar Notification Area (probably the bottom right corner of your screen). MSFT has more info if you need it.

Microsoft has a brief article about time servers that includes a list of some that are available at article kb262680.

News That Didn't Make The News

Since 1993 Project Censored has published an annual trade paperback review of the “Top 25 Censored Stories of the Year.” Their website has the top 25 for this year on their home page, and a few of the previous year in their archive.

According to Walter Cronkite, who wrote the introduction to the 1996 version of the book, “Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.”

Ephemeral Entries

It seemed like a good idea: grab one of the old items I keep on hand for later blog fodder. It should only take a couple of minutes to add some text and post it. Instead I got a reminder of just how transitory the web really is.

Often I’ll make a snip of part of an article, including key links, and save it for later when I can write something around it. The snip has just enough to show what the original article was about. It’s saved, instead of only saving a link to the article, to cover those cases where the original article goes away so I might be able to find it or something like it. I can write and post the subject at my leisure without being concerned with losing the information.

The snippet in question had two links. One of them was incomplete. That was my fault for being lazy and not looking at the link when I saved it, because it was only a relative link (no www.wherever.com portion). Easy enough: Google the subject and find the new link. It almost worked because the website was still there but the page names had changed. Still, that fixed it. Upon finding and re-reading it, it was just a reference to a Rolling Stone article.

The RS article was gone, too. I knew the subject, and Googled again to find the new location for the 100 “greatest” guitarists of all time

That link was only intended as a backup from the original story, which I finally found: 50 “Worst” Guitar Solos Of All Time. What I was interested in was the article it talks about; really it was just another snip. Unfortunately, the story is all that remains because the article it talks about, originally at http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/top/solos/, has been deleted. (Remember, that’s why I saved the snippet in the first place — so I could find it again.)

Task finally completed thanks to Google and the Wayback Machine, because I finally found the Worst Solo article there.

USPS Rate Increase

USPS Rates

Rates for “First Class” postage went up again today. Didn’t this just happen? I looked back a little and found that postal rates for a one ounce letter have been fairly consistent since 1970, going up about one cent per year.

What Hands Can Do

Was there some computer help in putting this video together? There’s lots of discussion about it, but it’s a good one-minute watch either way. It’s work-friendly, in spite of what the title might suggest to some of you, and you know who you are.

There are two links because commercial videos seem to go away after a while, probably due to copyright issues.

Aha! A separate Title

There was a big overhaul on the blog today. Most of it you won’t see, but support was added for RSS feeds, some display issues that changed with Firefox 2.x were fixed. The RSS feed made me change the way I do the post titles, in an attempt to get the feeds to look better. We’ll see.

Wag the Tail

When dogs feel fundamentally positive about something or someone, their tails wag more to the right side of their rumps. When they have negative feelings, their tail wagging is biased to the left.

A study describing the phenomenon, “Asymmetric tail-wagging responses by dogs to different emotive stimuli,” appeared in the March 20 issue of Current Biology. But a N.Y. Times article gives a summary probably isn’t quite as technical.