What time is it, Mr. Blog?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/10/09 16:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2006/10/09/811186.aspx


You can probably ignore this post in its entirety -- it is an experiment to see how screwed up the dates and times related to posts are at the moment.

I'll be updating it with the actual times that occur in the minute or two after it posts.

Time entered in the post by me: October 9th 2006, at 8:01 am.

Time listed on in the post on the website: October 9th 2006, at 4:01 pm.

Time listed on the post list page in the admin view: October 9th 2006, at 8:01 am.

Time listed in this trackback on the comments page: October 10th 2006, at 1:35 am.

Time listed in the actual trackback: October 10th 2006, at 1:35 am.

Time post was actually posted: October 9th 2006, at 10:35 pm.

I will likely delete this post soon.


Michael Dunn_ on 10 Oct 2006 2:44 AM:

Time listed SharpReader: Oct 9, 2006, 1:01 PM

some guy on 10 Oct 2006 3:17 AM:

From bloglines:
Posted on: Mon, Oct 9 2006 2:01 PM

Mike Dimmick on 10 Oct 2006 6:31 AM:

IE7's feed reader shows 09 October 2006 21:01 over here in the UK (currently BST, GMT+01:00).

I'm guessing there's some seriously screwed-up uses of local vs. UTC and some mistaken additions of local bias to times that were already local, and subtractions of local bias to times that were already UTC. Also, probably some times that are displayed as UTC when they should be displayed using the time zone that the server is in. Using the time zone of the website visitor is probably something that falls into the 'too hard' bucket (I don't think there's any part of a web browser's request which tells you what time zone they're in).

Richard Smith on 10 Oct 2006 8:38 AM:

Time listed in the post on the website, on Firefox in the UK (BST):

"Monday, October 09, 2006 8:01 AM Michael S. Kaplan"

Though the trackback claims to have been posted at 1.35am for me too.

Time I made this comment: Tuesday 10th October, 13:38pm.

Maurits [MSFT] on 10 Oct 2006 10:59 AM:

Community Server is an embarrassment. :( :( :(

Michael S. Kaplan on 10 Oct 2006 11:07 AM:

That might be a little overstated, Maurits. It is just a bug, and they are working on it.....

Michael S. Kaplan on 10 Oct 2006 12:06 PM:

And it appears that it may be fixed now!

orcmid on 10 Oct 2006 1:56 PM:

Well, according to my IE6, your last comment (just preceding this one) was posted at 2006-10-10T12:06 and I am reading it at 2006-10-10T10:51 -0700 (pdt) or 2006-10-10T17:51Z.

We're all doomed you know. We can't even coordinate time properly among our computer systems (and if sites said what local time they thought they were reporting, UTC or otherwise we'd have a chance). Then there are character-set encodings, lordy, lordy ...

The original post is being presented to me as posted at 2006-10-09T08:01, although I am on your local time, so I don't know if that is a help or a hindrance.

Just as Google tends to break on Thursdays, Community Server tends to break on Mondays. When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn ...

Philip Newton on 10 Oct 2006 2:08 PM:

Time of the feed item on LiveJournal: Mon, 9 Oct, 20:01

Michael S. Kaplan on 10 Oct 2006 3:29 PM:

The main thing I am happy about is that when I post live that my posts do not wait eight hours to go live.

Having comments and trackbacks three hours off is mildly annoying but I can live with that as long as they are all consistently so. :-)


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