september 3, 2003

"All I know Time is a valuable thing Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings Watch it count down to the end of the day The clock ticks life away It's so unreal Didn't look out below Watch the time go right out the window Trying to hold on/But didn't even know" -Linkin Park, In The End I was going to write an article on how I can scientifically prove that Microsoft was behind the times. But, Microsoft foiled me by having their time.windows.com machine go down! Anyways, I have officially gone time crazy and I had set my new watch to the time on my XP system which is supposedly set to an atomic clock because I use the "Internet Time" option in the Clock control panel (double click that clock in the bottom right hand corner of your screen and select the "Internet Time" tab if you are running Windows XP). But, as I was laying in bed admiring my new [url=http://www.breitling.com]Breitling[/url] watch, I noticed that the time on it was wrong! How did I know that? My cousin Emily gave me a Christmas present two years ago when I was travelling heavily. It was a clock that synchronizes with an atomic clock via radio every hour or two. This clock is the greatest thing since sliced bread beacuse it is [b]always[/b] correct (of course this is debatable because as we all know, time is all relative if you ask Einstein!) Anyways, I noticed that the time on my watch, which was synchronized to my XP box was some 15 seconds behind the radio clock! I thought maybe my watch lost time or the radio clock was wrong. So I turned on my iBook and checked out the time there and it was spot on with the radio clock. I have my iBook synchronize its clock with time.apple.com. Therefore my watch was wrong, so maybe the watch lost time. Well my watch could not have lost 15 seconds in less than a day! This is because my watch is a COSC Certified Chronometer! And it is a SuperQuartz model, where SuperQuartz is 10 times more accurate than regular Quartz watches. Check out [url=http://www.chronocentric.com/watches/accuracy.shtml]this page[/url] to see that Certified Quartz watches are 99.9999% accurate. At worst they can lose or gain 0.02 of a second per day! COSC (Contr