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    Re: half-hour time zones
    From: William Trayfors
    Date: 2001 Nov 02, 7:54 PM

    Paul:
    
    There are some weird ones.    India is on the half-hour (GMT +5:30).   Nepal
    used to be...maybe still is... 40 minutes off the hour (just to be different
    from India) at GMT +5:40 :-))
    
    There may be others.
    
    Bill
    
    At 06:44 PM 11/2/01 -0800, you wrote:
    >Anyone know why some places have time offsets not an integral number
    >of hours from Greenwich? Like Newfoundland. According to my atlas (a
    >few years old), standard time there is some hours and 30 minutes
    >behind Greenwich.
    >
    >I don't see any advantage to such an odd time zone, and several
    >disadvantages. For example, I've heard that some GPS receivers won't
    >allow fractional hour offsets for the local time display. And my
    >watch, which has a secondary time zone, is the same way.
    >
    >Years ago I wrote a program which had to know the local time offset
    >from Greenwich, and it accepted any offset, down to decimal seconds if
    >you wanted. No arbitrary limitations for me! But I can sympathize with
    >programmers who decline to cater to (or are ignorant of) weird time
    >zones.
    >
    >I'd like to hear how Newfoundland got that time zone.
    >
    >--
    >
    >
    >paulhirose---.net (Paul Hirose)
    
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