Thursday Aug 28, 2008

Consitent but not accurate

As I wrote previously I have three kitchen appliances with clocks on them and being that kind of person I have to have the clocks in sync to the second. Yesterday I had reason to reset the clock of one as it had been powered off so I set it according to the clock on the Sun Ray photo frame which, thanks to ntp is correct. Once this was done I noticed the other two appliances are running 10 seconds slow.

What I find odd is that all three appliances have stayed in perfect sync for 6 months but have lost exactly the same amount of time.

Like I said previously they need to be on the net.

Saturday Sep 15, 2007

Why Kitchen applicances should be networked.

I've managed to get the two clocks within 2 seconds of each other, which actually made taking this photo a pain, but it will take hours to improve on 2 seconds and to make matters worse there is a third clock that is not shown in the picture. I know that 2 second delay is going to drive me nuts. Luckily the oven and microwave have options to hide the clock but I would prefer not to.

What is clearly needed is for them to either network amongst themselves and run NTP to keep their clocks in sync or if an external network is available get the name of an NTP server from DHCP and use that. I suppose they will need a cheap, free operating system to embed to control it. OpenSolaris anyone?

So please can we have that? I'll ask NEFF and see what they say. It's just a shame that unless they can retrofit it we will not be able to take advantage of this in our new kitchen.





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