A clock that keeps you guessing

So far, we’ve found the alarm clock that jumps off your bed, and the alarm clock that donates to the charity or political party you hate most. Then there’s this plain old digital clock specifically designed for people who are constantly running late. (It’s a bit old, but it just popped up on our radar.)

It’s guaranteed to be up to 15 minutes fast. However, it also speeds up and slows down in an unpredictable manner so you can’t be sure how fast it really is. Furthermore, the clock is guaranteed to not be slow, assuming your computer clock is sync’d with NTP many computers running Windows and Mac OS X with persistent Internet connections already are.

So why go through all this trouble to make a clock that’s sometimes fast and sometimes not? FEAR, UNCERTAINTY and DOUBT, my friends! If you use this clock to keep appointments and deadlines, and you really care about being on time, you have to assume that the clock might actually be telling the correct time though it’s likely to actually be up to 15 minutes fast.

You can download the clock to your computer at David Seah’s site.

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