ClockWatch User Tips
The following tips should make using ClockWatch
Tip of the week:
- BIOS Clock
You can use your BIOS clock as an intermediate
time source between settings. More...
Other Useful Tips:
The NIST-80 Protocol
The NIST-80 protocol, a ClockWatch
exclusive, allows you to communicate through most firewalls with a
timeserver using port 80,normally the HTTP port. More..
The 'Smart' Clock Setting
Setting the mode to Auto means that ClockWatch will update your
clock automatically. In the Auto mode, ClockWatch learns how often it
needs to check your clock to maintain the level of accuracy you specify
Use it to tell you how much time
ClockWatch can be run automatically at startup using the Batch Mode (Pro Version) from the command line.
Logging Time Settings
You can view the time setting log for information about
the last synchronization attempt.
Running ClockWatch Immediately
Use the daily mode set at an early time to set the time each day as soon as
ClockWatch is started. Upon starting, ClockWatch will attempt a setting immediately.
Just how bad is my clock?
Run ClockWatch in the Periodic Mode for several days to gauge system accuracy.
That third window
The NIST log window shows the actual string returned from the NIST.
Just how accurate is my network?
Time Audit tells you if your network is
Can I show all clock setting activity
in one place?
Yes, try the Action Log.
The NIST keeps time in Universal Time, a descendant of Greenwich Mean Time.
The charts show change in accuracy over time.
- Did you know?
A very busy system will often have an inaccurate clock.
- Auto Mode
The Auto Mode will determine the next time to make a setting based on past and
desired system accuracy.
- On-line Help
The Help system features a User Guide and Technical Support section including
Troubleshooting and FAQ.
- Time Zones in Windows
There are 51 possible time zone settings in the Windows Date/Time control
panel. ClockWatch uses the time zone setting you set in Windows.
- Clock Setting over a Network
has a 'net time' command that lets you set your computer's
clock to another on your network.
- Finding Time Servers
The "Find next available server" option will find an available NIST
server if one is out of service.
- Get the Latest Version
Choose the "Update Software" from the Help menu to check for the latest
ClockWatch software updates.
- View System History
The Previous Settings graph gives you a snapshot of your computer's
accuracy over time.
- Shows when Clock was Set
The "Ignore Zero Values" option for the Previous Settings graph only shows settings when the clock was changed.
- Rearranging Charts
The Arrange button will rearrange the graphs on the main screen.
- Changing Settings
Clicking on the Display Window or Graphs will open up the Options screen.
- Saving Task Bar Space
ClockWatch Pro will rest in the System Tray when minimized.
- Clock Face Colors
The ClockWatch Pro icon in the
tray shows connection progress, and the next available setting by changing colors.
Placing the cursor over the icon will give a short summary of ClockWatch status.
- Quick Setting
Double left clicking the ClockWatch
tray icon (Pro version)
will call up ClockWatch administration screen, double right clicking will set the clock.
- Automatically Load ClockWatch at Start Up
ClockWatch Pro can be installed to start automatically at boot up. Check the
"Startup automatically" option under the Display Option tab.
- Resource Use
ClockWatch consumes minimal resources between settings.
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