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Blog entry by Don posted 2785 days ago 816 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a great free download that I came across that helps me visualize what time of day it is where you live. The graphics are terrific! (No spy ware.)

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/



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Obi

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#1 posted 2784 days ago

O.K. I downloaded it last night. Kinda cool, but I have no idea where Australlia is. I just know if the sun (Son) is shining on me.

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#2 posted 2784 days ago

I think that you are pulling my leg, Michael. Of course, the view of the world centers over your time zone. During your daylight hours, your part of the world is lite. At night it shows the outline highlighted by city lights. You will notice that now the lite area is bell shaped with the narrowest part of the ‘bell’ at the top and the widest at the bottom. Therefore we are enjoying longer daylight hours during this period and you have less. As the year progresses the shape of the bell changes to a parallel band of light at the (norther) spring equinox when both southern and northern hemispheres have the same length of daylight. The the bell inverts so that at the (northern) summer solstice the bell is upside down. That’s when you get the long days and we get the long nights.

If you change your time zone on the computer you will see that the world view changes with it.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#3 posted 2784 days ago

Michael, when you are on Pacific Daylight time in California, subtract five hours and add a day. So, at 10:40pm Saturday, Jan 13, it is 5:40pm East Coast Australian Daylight Savings Time, Sunday, Jan 14.

However, when you change back to Pacific Daylight Time, we change to Australian East Coast Standard time and the variance decreases by two hours. So if this was your summer it would work as follows.

10:40pm Saturday Pacific Daylight Time is 3:40pm Australian East Coast Standard Time. Confusing, isn’t it.

Melbourne is located in that little notch on the lowest part of the mainland, just left (west) of the north west corner of Tasmania. Take a look at Google Earth.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#4 posted 2784 days ago

Thank’s Don. So this is tomorrow for you huh? Oh, and so I didn’t remain in my ignorance i went and downloaded several world maps, JUST to see where you were;) And by the time you read this … G’ Mornin’, Mate

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#5 posted 2783 days ago

Thanks Don.
I installed it on my desk top, it’s neat.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 2783 days ago

G’day, Obi. Yes, you’ve got it. It’s Monday morning here – 8:00am Australian East Coast Daylight Savings Time = 1:00pm Sunday, Pacific Standard Time in California.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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