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How to measure time?

Unread postby Gerhard.Lenerz » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:38 pm

Aside from being an SGI guy I've started to become a watch geek. Thus I'd like to see what the SGI enthusiast is using to keep track of time.

My personal "geek" favourite is the "moonwatch", the Omega Speedmaster. A quartz may be more accurate, but the oldschool mechanical technology just keeps on marching.

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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby josehill » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:05 pm

My relationship with watches is very similar to my relationship with SGI machines. I used to rely on them, and I still admire them and appreciate the engineering that was needed to design and to build them, but I find that I use them less and less. These days, when I need to determine the time, I usually use my cell phone, look at the wall, look at the display on my car, etc.

The only time I wear watches these days is when I go hiking where cell phones aren't practical or when I am dressed for a formal occasion. Somehow, wearing a tuxedo or a fancy suit without wearing a watch feels like walking around with an open zipper. Sort of.

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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby oreissig » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:08 pm

NTP :)

I used to have cheap Casio watches for years and finally got sick of broken watchstraps every 1-2 years, so I got myself a titanium watch (it's this one). It wasn't really expensive (afair ~80€), but I like the look and basically wear it all the time

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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby guardian452 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:30 pm

looks too clunky for me. this is more my style:
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this one measures time distance and pace. If I hook it up to the computer, it goes online and keeps track of everything. If you trim the band a little bit with a knife you can fit on a roadID as shown.

it's also simple. there is a start/stop button to tell it when you want to start and stop running... and a button on the bottom to switch whether you want it to show time, distance, or pace. It does not measure altitude, temperature, play music, have any spinning metal ornaments. Or light up. It doesn't even have a stop watch. Simply just tells the time and how fast you are running :)
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I have a swiss watch with a clunky steel band and I don't see any point to it. Cool flat black too. Eventually the battery ran down and it's in a drawer somewhere.

I have tried a garmin and own all the different micoach products. garmin is hopelessly complex; micoach has the potential to be vastly superior but alas, remains buggy. I have had this sportband for about a year and ~1100 miles and it is still working fine. the sensor that clips to your shoelace still works fine as well.

Apparently there is a successor to the sportband called the fuelband but it seems a bit too 'brave new world' for me (keeping track of everything?) I'll probably get one anyways.
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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby skywriter » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:42 pm

Didn't we do this already? well anyway, I am proudly bare-wristed. It's comfortable and sexy!
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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby Gerhard.Lenerz » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:58 pm

skywriter wrote:Didn't we do this already? well anyway, I am proudly bare-wristed. It's comfortable and sexy!

Been there, done that since about 1994.

Then there were the mobile phones that you could take a peek at.

And even later on there were the occasions where even that would be considered impolite.
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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby [[C|-|E]] » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:49 pm

I wear this guy day and night:

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I am a big fan of Casio G-Shocks. They are really sturdy and I can use the same clock to go to the gym, climb a mountain, swim, or walk in the city, hehe :D.
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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby zmttoxics » Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:09 pm

Well, I had a few really expensive watches but after my last one died I went a little cheaper and bought this coleman at walmart. It's awesome.

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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby skywriter » Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:41 pm

Gerhard.Lenerz wrote:
skywriter wrote:Didn't we do this already? well anyway, I am proudly bare-wristed. It's comfortable and sexy!

Been there, done that since about 1994.

Then there were the mobile phones that you could take a peek at.

And even later on there were the occasions where even that would be considered impolite.


So, I solved by not caring what time it was :-)
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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby smj » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:39 pm

Used to wear a Casio G-shock with WWVB radio timecode receiver. It stopped picking up the signal when I switched coasts, so I stopped wearing a watch for a few years.

Past year or more, as I cede more and more of my life to AAPL, I've been wearing an iPod Nano in a watch band. I like the animated gears in this particular clockface. But that aside, I had hoped for more touch-enabled apps...
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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby guardian452 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:36 pm

skywriter wrote:I solved by not caring what time it was :-)
nail, head, hit. I've disabled the on-screen clock on my computers. It was (rather surprisingly) very scary at first. I suggest everybody try it as an experiment ;) You might be surprised how often you subconsciously are checking the time...

http://zenhabits.net/simple-manifesto-b ... the-clock/

That said, sometimes I need to know what time it is, how long I've been out, and it's kind of fun to know how fast/far I've gone, measured somewhat objectively.

I don't normally wear a clock at school because there is a clock tower near by that plays a distinct chime every 15 minutes.


smj, the irony of pixellated gears is wonderfully perverse.

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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby smj » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:36 pm

guardian452 wrote:smj, the irony of pixellated gears is wonderfully perverse.

:mrgreen: My thoughts exactly. I've never found the digital clockfaces very interesting. The nixie tube clockface sounds like the perfect mashup in the abstract, but in practice the layout feels just a little off to me... You can see all 16 new iPod Nano clockfaces
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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby 87Porsche » Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:43 am

I've been wearing this beast for about 6 months now.

49mm x 19mm case, Swiss ETA 2824-2, 4mm crystal, HRV.

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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby robespierre » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:54 am

guardian452 wrote:nail, head, hit. I've disabled the on-screen clock on my computers. It was (rather surprisingly) very scary at first. I suggest everybody try it as an experiment ;) You might be surprised how often you subconsciously are checking the time...


See J.G. Ballard's story "Chronopolis" in this connexion.
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Re: How to measure time?

Unread postby Gerhard.Lenerz » Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:52 am

smj wrote:Past year or more, as I cede more and more of my life to AAPL, I've been wearing an iPod Nano in a watch band. I like the animated gears in this particular clockface. But that aside, I had hoped for more touch-enabled apps...


That's a useful gadget, the gears add a nice retro touch. :-)
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