Feb22
2007

I recently spent several hours hopping between my desk and the consoles of a number of computer systems running different operating systems (Solaris, Linux and Windows to be precise). I hadn’t yet configured remote access on these machines, hence the need to sit at the console.

Anyway, a rather curious observation was that the time on these systems was located in completely different areas. On Windows, it defaults to the bottom-right corner, Solaris defaults to the bottom-left corner and Ubuntu defaults to the upper-right corner. As I quite often don’t wear a watch, I found my eyes playing a game of Boggle every time I wanted to check the current time, a very strange experience.

Naturally, I presume I could have reconfigured the desktop(s) to show the time in the same place but it’s still interesting to wonder if this was a deliberate move on the part of each operating system vendor.

3 Responses to “Moving Times”

  1. Paul Browne - Technology in Plain English Says:

    Have you considered using something like VNC (free / open software) to be able to control them all from the one computer?

    Paul

  2. James Mernin Says:

    Sure have. I am a long-term fan of VNC and have been using it for several years. I worked from home for almost 2 years (a few years back) and could not have done so without VNC.

    It allowed me to control several development and test systems based all over the world. It proved to be a very productive tool actually as it allowed myself and my US-based colleagues to share the same prototype hardware at differing times of the day.

    Thanks for the post…

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