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A Little Quality Time...with the APple Watch

I received my apple watch in mid-may and since I don't get to wear it everyday because of work (and no I am not a StarBucks Barista)...I was pretty excited to try it out on my trip down to Florida.  Four glorious days with my latest apple toy...sweet! Ok...so here are just a few of my experiences along the way.

DAY 1 - DEPARTURE FROM BALTIMORE

Airport Arrival - On the way out, once we arrived at the airport I received a location notification containing my flight information - basically it was the boarding pass and a QR code.  I have to admit was not expecting it and it was a nice surprise.  During a moment of reflection I had a few thoughts on what I liked best and how to improve the experience.

  • Pros - It was great not having to dig into my pocket or pull out my phone to get my flight details. Additionally, the boarding information with the QR code was readily available on the watch...very nice!

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WHY TIME IS IMPORTANT

Remember in old days of DOS and you had to set the date and time on the with the date and time commands every once in a while? Just like a cheap watch, the clock chip really wasn't very accurate so you were trained to accept the need to correct the clock periodically. In the mid-90's or so, you first connected to the Internet and computers could synchronize clocks across the network. Remember the old rdate command in Unix? Yeah, good times.

Long before then, D. L. Mills wrote RFC-958, "Network Time Protocol (NTP)", and started what has become the de facto standard technique for synchronizing computers across networks. It's become so prevalent that even Windows includes an NTP client! (Of course with Windows, you configure it with some crazy registry settings instead of sensible config files.) NTP has matured to the point where most computer users don't think twice about the computer's clock because it just works.

But, why do we care how accurate the computer's clock truly is? We're not measuring particle physics experiments here, I'm just reading emails! Well, maybe one or more of these reasons might be something you care about:

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