Welcome to the NavList Message Boards.

NavList:

A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding

Compose Your Message

Message:αβγ
Message:abc
Add Images & Files
    or...
       
    Reply
    Re: half-hour time zones
    From: William Trayfors
    Date: 2001 Nov 03, 2:37 PM

    Dan:
    
    Actually, it was weirder before:    I lived in Kathmandu from 1972-1976.   The
    time offset from GMT was then + 5 hours and 40 minutes, not 30 minutes.  India
    was and still is +5h 30m and that would never do for Nepal!   I believe it
    remained so for a number of years until, perhaps, 1986.   Now, most sources say
    it's +5h 45m.   Go figure :-)
    
    Bill
    
    At 08:18 PM 11/2/01 -0800, you wrote:
    >Nepal was 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT until 1986,
    >and then they decided to get really weird and Nepal is now
    >5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of GMT!
    >
    >Some of the Unix timezone files have some interesting history
    >about these things.
    >
    >Dan Allen
    >
    >
    >-----Original Message-----
    >From- Navigation Mailing List
    >[mailto:NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]On Behalf Of Paul Hirose
    >Sent: Friday, November 02, 2001 6:45 PM
    >To: NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM
    >Subject: half-hour time zones
    >
    >
    >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)
    
    ______________________________________
    Washington Decision Support Group, Inc.
    Advanced Information Technology Consultants
    2401 South Lynn Street,  Arlington, VA 22202
    Tel 703-838-8784               Fax 703-838-0019
    

       
    Reply
    Browse Files

    Drop Files

    NavList

    What is NavList?

    Join NavList

    Name:
    (please, no nicknames or handles)
    Email:
    Do you want to receive all group messages by email?
    Yes No

    You can also join by posting. Your first on-topic post automatically makes you a member.

    Posting Code

    Enter the email address associated with your NavList messages. Your posting code will be emailed to you immediately.
    Email:

    Email Settings

    Posting Code:

    Custom Index

    Subject:
    Author:
    Start date: (yyyymm dd)
    End date: (yyyymm dd)

    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site