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Taking A Closer Look At Time As We Know It

Time is the backbone of so much that we do in our lives. After all, time has been around for an incredibly immense amount of time, with various time keeping methods dating back as many as 6,000 years – and at least 5,000 years, at the very least. From obelisks to primitive sundials (both used by the Ancient Egyptian peoples), we have been keeping track of time in one way or another for incredibly long indeed.

Though some might argue that time is largely relative, it is true that we use time to structure so much of what we do. Time helps us to plan our days, keep track of our lives, and go about how we live in a relatively ordered and sane fashion. Without time, even things like history would look much different. Without time, things would be much different indeed. After all, even things like picking up your kid from soccer practice or going to work in the morning are based off of time. So too are things like aging, the charting of success, and tracking patterns and trends throughout not just recent years, but over the course of human history as a whole. Even small changes in time recording can alter how we live. This can be seen quite clearly when we look at something like the time sheets that are filled out by various employees found all throughout the country. Due to time sheet errors alone, it has been found that very nearly $7.5 billion is lost from the economy of the Unites States in and of itself on a daily basis. There is no denying that this is a truly staggering amount.

But in order for time to function as it should – and in order for all of us to stay on top of our lives and scheduling – it’s important that we have certain protocols in place. Fortunately, those protocols have existed for quite some time now, and can be found in the form of time servers like the GPS clock and various other synchronized clock systems. The GPS clock and any like time server have been so successful, as a matter of fact, that variance from them has not proven beneficial, at least not after any prolonged set of time.

Consider, for instance, how the Soviet Union operated between the years of 1929 and 1931. During this period, the government tried to enforce what amounted to a five day week. However, this failed quite dramatically, and regular time ensued after only just a few years of this protocol. And this was not even a first time that such a thing was ever implemented. In fact, we see examples of variegated time dating back to the French Revolution. During this time, Napoleon tried – and again, failed – to institute a 10 hour day.

Fortunately, the GPS clock has helped to keep things as standardized as possible in today’s day and age. Something like the GPS clock works hand in hand with Network Time Protocol, or NTP, a standard that precedes even the year of 1985, meaning that it has been around for nearly 40 years at this point in time. This even makes it one of the oldest internet protocols that is still in use. Fortunately, the average GPS clock only helps to keep that use as accurate as is possible – and only growing more so by the year.

And the GPS clock is able to be kept quite effective indeed, given the fact that there are now 31 working satellites to make such a GPS clock possible. Through these satellites and their highly accurate atomic clocks, we are able to get better time telling and more accurate methods of keeping track of time than has ever been possible before. And our methods for keeping track of time are truly only also evolving. In fact, wifi wall clocks like wifi digital wall clocks are coming in vogue as well. These wall clocks are largely affordable – or at least more affordable than they have ever been before, something that makes them ideal for use not just in the United States but in other parts of the world.

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