A Sharp way to keep time

No doubt, in today's world, you need to know the time in places outside Thailand, and you can only memorise so much.

If it’s 4pm in London, WorldTimeBuddy tells you almost instantly it’s 10pm in Bangkok, and time for the Sunday match.

Let's see, is Vietnam an hour ahead, or an hour behind? Is the United States on daylight or standard time right now? Does Australia change in October _ or is that the US?

I came across an absolutely brilliant time-zone converter last week _ brilliant in instant time conversion but also in appearance.

Sharp World Clock is a desktop application with about everything you'd ever need to tell the time, ground, light and sky conditions anywhere in the world.

But come on. When you want to know what time the Newcastle-Manchester United match kicks off on Thai TV (4pm on Sunday, London time, the BBC told us), do you really need a full-screen, high-performance programme that also tells us the time in New Delhi, the weather in Colorado and the number of hours until dawn in Durban?

There are dozens... no, hundreds of apps and applications that get this necessary job done. I have settled on a web page which is as easy to set to my own preferences as it is simple to use. Start at WorldTimeBuddy.com by telling it where you are _ your time.

There are lots of Thai cities available, although of course Thailand is just one time zone and "Bangkok" actually fits them all.

Then add the cities around the world where you need to know the time. The app has a slider, which you move across the time zones to find out the global times compared with, say, Thailand.

What I like about this is the unusual feature that you have the entire 24-hour choice. Most global time apps just tell you what the world times are right now, but can't easily tell you the kick-off time in Newcastle.

The nice folks at Helloka LLC in the US state of Washington offer premium accounts but in many months of use this is an app that has worked well for me on the PC, phone and tablet for free.

If bling and features are what you want in a world clock for the desktop, by all means have a look at the lovely Sharp World Clock at (www.programming.de/index.php).

Email: wandasloan@gmail.com.

There’s no denying that Sharp World Clock is attractive, but given its role, it seems just a little too informative.

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Writer: Wanda Sloan
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