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Setting the various household clocks ...

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Took no effort on my part (all automatic)
  3206 votes / 14%
Took mild effort on my part
  13760 votes / 64%
Took moderate effort on my part
  1922 votes / 8%
Took a big effort on my part
  579 votes / 2%
Inspired only happy thoughts.
  1965 votes / 9%
21432 total votes.
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  • by White Flame (1074973) on Monday November 07, 2011 @12:24AM (#37970542)

    We don't need to conserve sunlight here.

    • You'd think that the white culture would be the part of Arizona that sets clocks to some time unrelated to the sun half of the year and the Indian culture doesn't, but in reality the Indian reservations follow Federal policies and do DST.

    • Re:Arizona (Score:5, Interesting)

      by gandhi_2 (1108023) on Monday November 07, 2011 @03:24AM (#37971072) Homepage

      It took my unit a couple hours to figure out that Iraq doesn't do it any more. They used to do it... You give them their country back and they just run wild.

    • by cmholm (69081)

      Between the 5 years I was in Tucson, and 13 years in HI... I've forgotten the whole spring forward/fall back routine. But, the rest of yous still suck me into your web of time, forcing me to remember whether I need to call you before my lunch hour... or if I can let it slide a bit longer.

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      We don't need to conserve sunlight here.

      Too right. Just move the Sun back. Easier than dealing with all these clocks.

  • I still haven't changed any clocks that need to be changed by hand. I keep looking at the clock in my room and wondering why it's later than it should be.
  • by mpoulton (689851) on Monday November 07, 2011 @12:36AM (#37970592)
    We don't do DST in Arizona. It's counterproductive to save daylight when people wait for dusk to go outside anyways! With that said, all my clocks are either automatic (computer or cell phone based) or mechanical (my watch collection). I wind and set whichever watch I'm wearing for the day when I put it on in the morning, so there would be no additional effort to accommodate a time change.
    • by AmiMoJo (196126)

      I simply don't bother changing analogue clocks for DST. Just subtract one from the hour. Digital clocks usually take care of themselves, but that actually locks us in to DST somewhat because if we ever abandoned it all those clocks would need setting every year.

    • by hedwards (940851)

      I'm sure it was more useful up north when the internet wasn't open 24 hours a day. DST in a 24 hour society doesn't really do anything useful.

      Also, it's a pretty shitty decision to pace it early Sunday morning rather than early Saturday morning when most people still have an extra day to get used to it.

      • by icebrain (944107)

        DST in a 24 hour society doesn't really do anything useful

        As long as bankers and their lazy 9-5 hours have the rest of society by the short hairs, it does do something useful. Most people don't have very flexible work schedules and they can't just come in to work earlier to leave early. Therefore, to get around stodgy employers, the clock adjustment trades daylight in the morning (when most people are just getting up to go to work) for daylight after work (when people get home and need to do work/exercise/play with the kids outside).

        Personally, I wish we'd just

  • Including me. Arizona rocks!
    • by lakeland (218447)

      I had to set two clocks - not zero effort, but pretty minor. There are more clocks in the house but I switch those appliances off when I'm not using them so know to ignore whatever time they say anyway.

    • Me too. I wonder when those weirdos from Indiana are going to start posting.
  • I just sat here and watched the wife run about changing her collection of clocks. I don't know if that's considered "automatic" or not.

  • Setting the clocks back an hour is always easy; no matter how many clocks are involved. I get to sleep in a hour. Going the other direction in the Spring is a massive pain even if all of the clocks change automatically. I hate getting up early and I especially hate it when it's because a bunch of bozo politicians want to make it appear that they are doing something to save energy. I may eventually move to Arizona just to escape the daylight savings time insanity.

    Hint to DST believers: if you want to get

    • I think the idea with the changeover being on sunday is that you don't have to get up early (job/commitments notwithstanding).. Think of the 23 hour day in spring as an opportunity to get up at a "normal" time and go to bed an hour early. The 25 hour day on the other hand is clearly an opportunity to have an extra hour in bed on the morning. meaning both changeovers involve more sleep!

    • by _0xd0ad (1974778)

      Personally, I wished the time change had been this morning instead of Sunday morning because my alarm was set for 5:00 this morning and I'd have liked an extra hour of sleep. Why do they give us an extra hour of sleep on a Sunday morning?

    • It is a myth that you gain an extra hour of sleep at this time of the year. Sunday morning, you get up at the same time you did Saturday because your body is used to it. Then you go to bed at $bedtime, having been up an extra hour. Effectively, you've lost an hour's sleep.

      I wish they'd eliminate DST, however I do like the fact that it is still light out at 21:30+ in the middle of the summer.

      BTW, my vote was for mild effort, because over the years I've made sure my clock can be set by adjusting forward
  • Besides bothering people to change time on non-internet connected devices, is it fucking worth anything?

    In Canada we changed because USA changed, thanks to fscking Harper...

  • I'm hoping not moving the clocks back will make me on time...
  • Who uses clocks?! That's so 1990.

    • by vlm (69642)

      Who uses clocks?! That's so 1990.

      Kids these days have no idea how good they have it... back in the old days, them new fangled digital clock thingies had to be installed in every freaking appliance that could be imagined, to show how "high tech" the appliance was. With the inevitable overreaction that every cheap piece of walmart has a clock so it no longer meant "new" "rich" "high tech" or "cool".

      My one room kitchen had the following clocks at one time:

      Outdoor remote thermometer (covered time with trimmed electricians tape)
      Remote reading

      • by tsa (15680)

        Many of the things you name indeed do not need a clock. But a wall clock needs a clock just to define itself. Its very essence is its clockness.

      • by SkimTony (245337)

        "A man with a watch always knows the time. A man with two watches is never sure."

        I don't remember where I heard that, but it seems applicable in this case.

  • by dcollins (135727) on Monday November 07, 2011 @02:39AM (#37970976) Homepage

    Fortunately, my teeny-tiny bit of OCD is rubbing off on my partner, which saves some work for me. :-)

  • At least, that's the way I do the clock in the car. The rest of my clocks are either functionally or non-functionally automatic.
    I have a watch which should be automatic but, because it has the old transition date programmed in, it isn't. I have an alarm clock which should be automatic because it has WWV receiver. Unfortunately, the only way to get it to consult WWV is to power cycle the device with the backup batteries removed. It is easier to just change the time.

    My desktop computer is automatic in Li

  • last Sunday in October, as usual
  • The DCF-77 reception is sometimes crappy in Finland.
    • by Dr. Hok (702268)

      The DCF-77 reception is sometimes crappy in Finland.

      Hm.. but even if it is good, you run on CET. Do your colleagues sometimes complain that you are an hour late? :-)

  • by bradley13 (1118935) on Monday November 07, 2011 @05:18AM (#37971384) Homepage

    There are clocks in the weirdest places - too many of them not automatic. For example: why does the oven need a clock - when just a timer would do?

    The USA is a week behind most of the world - the change was last week in most countries with DST. Did the candy industry lobby Congress again?

    • by HuguesT (84078)

      Re: oven / clock: a timer is not convenient enough when you want to start cooking the roast at 8:00am on Sunday morning. Just put it in the oven the night before and it will be ready for lunchtime.

      • by Machtyn (759119)
        Dah! I had mod points yesterday. This needs to be modded up.
    • by godrik (1287354)

      clocks on ovens are important when you cook more than one thing that you need to time. Then a single timer is not enough. having a clock is enough to cover that need most of the time; having multiple timers might be better though. But it also serve to synchronize with the arrival of our invitees. I would hate having to pull up my phone to know whether it is time to start cooking something.

      You totally need one clock on the kitchen and the oven is a reasonnable place. Of course, you also have one on the micro

    • by tompaulco (629533)
      The USA is a week behind most of the world - the change was last week in most countries with DST. Did the candy industry lobby Congress again?
      In my memory, we have always been a week behind most of the rest of the world in terms of the "Fall back". it also seems to my hazy memory that they went from a 6 month DST to only 4 months, or somesuch, and it seems the rest of the world is also doing that.
      I, for one, am not interested in doing DST at all. It does me no good to have extra hours of daylight in the
    • by _0xd0ad (1974778)

      why does the oven need a clock - when just a timer would do?

      Same reason the microwave needs a clock. It doesn't, but it already has a timer and it might as well keep the current time visible while it would otherwise be sitting around doing nothing useful.

      • by H0p313ss (811249)

        why does the oven need a clock - when just a timer would do?

        Same reason the microwave needs a clock. It doesn't, but it already has a timer and it might as well keep the current time visible while it would otherwise be sitting around doing nothing useful.

        Except that turning the LEDs or LCD off entirely would save power. Why this is not an option on microwaves VCRs and cable boxes is a mystery to me.

        • by tsa (15680)

          My VCR could do that. Saved 7 W, which is significant when it's not in use.

        • by _0xd0ad (1974778)

          If you're that concerned about saving power when they're not needed, you could always unplug them.

        • Except that turning the LEDs or LCD off entirely would save power. Why this is not an option on microwaves VCRs and cable boxes is a mystery to me.

          Turning off the LEDs (or VFD) might save a very small amount of power. Turning off the LCD wouldn't even be measurable -- they're on all the time on watches that run years on a tiny battery, after all.

      • They both have clocks so that in the morning you can load them with food and set a cook time. That way, you arrive home to a hot meal. In the olden days, we used wives for this function.
    • There are clocks in the weirdest places - too many of them not automatic. For example: why does the oven need a clock - when just a timer would do?

      The USA is a week behind most of the world - the change was last week in most countries with DST. Did the candy industry lobby Congress again?

      According to wikipedia, the 2005 change in DST -- which took effect in 2007 -- was actually lobbied for by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Convenience Stores. I thought it was the candy companies, too -- I had 210 trick-or-treaters last week.

      It bugs me that my bedroom clock was built just before the legislation passed, and auto-shifts according to the 1987 scheme. It also bugs me that this is hard-coded, since whoever designed the clock must have surely known tha

  • The only thing I *had* to change was my alarm clock, an old Grundig that I cling on to for some reason. The only other one was the microwave, which I just haven't even bothered with yet. I am sure at some point it will annoy me enough to change it but it is not crucial. Especially considering the main breaker goes once a month or so, meaning I have to reset it all the time.
    What impressed me was my wrist watch (yes I still wear a watch, always have). I got it a couple years ago, a G-Shock (since I was alwa
  • ...I took the opportunity to synchronize everything off my GPS. I do it twice a year. I set a good digital watch from the GPS then set my other watches and various other clocks from that source. I think the next generation will expect all clocks to be synchronized from a network time service. Last time in Malaysia, at the local equivalent of the state DMV office, I noticed that a clock on the wall was out by 15 minutes. No daylight saving in the tropics, so the clocks never get reset.

    • by xaxa (988988)

      Last time in Malaysia, at the local equivalent of the state DMV office, I noticed that a clock on the wall was out by 15 minutes. No daylight saving in the tropics, so the clocks never get reset.

      I'm surprised noone gets annoyed with the clock and changes it. I change the office analogue clock every month as it loses about five minutes.

      The analogue clock in my bedroom uses "flat" batteries from all other appliances, so I reset that about every 4-8 months when I replace the battery.

      I use the time from my smartphone, which seems to get it from the GSM network -- it updates automatically if I cross a timezone boundary. I assume the time comes from the basestation, and I assume something like NTP keep

      • I'm surprised noone gets annoyed with the clock and changes it.

        Why should they? They get to leave 15 minutes earlier.

  • by xonen (774419) on Monday November 07, 2011 @07:46AM (#37971792) Journal

    The poll sais 'took' but a better wording would be 'will take', as i still have not done it.

    Last year i did it in time. The year before i let some clocks just run on summertime for half a year, saving me the effort of adjusting, and on the fly introducing a little mental challenge every time i wanted to observe it.

    Next year i plan to adjust the clocks pro-active. When wintertime arrives i'll adjust them for summertime, and vice versa. That'll save me a lot of time.

  • Not a golfer.

  • Over the next couple weeks or months I'll change clocks as I run across them and get sufficiently annoyed to change them. Bike computers in particular suffer from this; it's unlikely that I'll have the road bike out again until the spring, so it's pointless to change the time on it, not to mention having to look up the keys to change the time. My commuter bike will be used all winter so it's already been set to the correct time.
  • I lost power for eight days* (you insensitive clod). So all my clocks were blinking midnight anyway! Since I had to set all of them from scratch, does that count as no effort for DST, or lots of effort?

    * freak snowstorm in northeast caused millions to lose power (many in my town are still dark)

  • Since nothing more would apply. My kitchen has 5 clocks, just one of them isn't blinking (it's mechanical, wouldn't blink anyway), and it is still showing the non-DST time. My computers changed automaticaly, and the ones at the living room aren't set at all (at least those don't blink). My alarm clock was changed, and my wife's one wasn't set since DST ended last year, so it was already correct.

    So, all done or ignored, I had to change one clock. But I didn't really adjust to DST, so I can't tell how much ef

  • The advantage of living in a province where we don't adhere to DST.

  • My cell phone updates automatically, if it has a signal. However, being in an area with spotty cell reception, I kept my phone in airplane mode overnight so I'd know which it was on in the morning (I didn't want to wake up and see "no signal" and wonder whether it was still on daylight time or not).

    When I woke up I just switched the transmitter back on and rolled back over. It found enough of a cell signal to update the time sometime between reading 8:20 and 7:30.

  • I got up in the morning and my wife did most of them already... I had to do my side of the bedroom clock and my Cars.

  • We set our clocks back Saturday night only to wake up Sunday morning to find that we had to set all the clock again because our power went out. On a sunny day. Nice one National Grid!
  • As a computer nerd, I'm normally awake at night, so I could set one of my few non-automatic clocks manually. But, then, some freak mishap happened, I was teleported one hour back in time. Of course, that was the beginning of a Groundhog Day like inescapable time loop. I'm wondering if taking a hammer to that weird clock would let me break out of the loop, or if it would freeze time once and for all.
  • Oh! That's why I'm the only one at the office this early!

  • My clocks took a mild effort, but that is not the real challenge. The real challenge is to get five young boys to figure out that they can sleep in an extra hour now. So far? No such luck. All five were up and running at 5 AM this morning.

  • ... at the neighborhood bar, 2:00 AM. So they turn the clock back to 1:00 and set up another few rounds.

    What do you mean 'fall back'? More like 'fall down'.

  • We have this nonsense forced on us in the UK as well. I mean we invented 'time' (GMT) and then don't use it for half the year. WTF!
  • 1. Most DTV Pal DVR owners and I, in http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=21179521 [avsforum.com] , have timers/schedules get shifted around. It happens every time when time changes are near (even weeks before that day).

    2. Adjusting to the earlier sunlight. I prefer later sunlight in the evening! I hate it when it is dark at 5 PM PST! Can't we just stick with daylight time forever and never change times again? :(

    3. Adjusting old times that don't do time changes or have outdated time change codes (e.g., VCRs). U

  • get around to changing its clocks at the same time as everyone else again?

  • Most of mine were automatic except for the oven and microwave. These two I forgot about until seeing this survey - and they are correct because I forgot to set them forward in spring.
  • My wristwatch didn't change itself, but my phone and computer (what i use for my alarms) were automatic. I had forgotten about it, and nearly pissed myself when I woke up this morning, looked at my watch, and it was an hour after I should be waking up.
  • by AragornSonOfArathorn (454526) on Monday November 07, 2011 @04:03PM (#37976942)

    DETHKLOK RULES! wooooo \m/

  • My microwave and VCR always show 12 o'clock, so they're correct twice a day regardless of DST.

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