Fun facts about time zones

Did you know that there are places in the world with timezone offsets in quarter-hour increments

The timezone for Nepal is UTC+5:45. Chatham Island (a territory of New Zealand) uses UTC+12:45. Interesting…

Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 20 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 22 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

3 thoughts on “Fun facts about time zones”

  1. i18n is fun isn’t it ! you learn all sorts of odd things.

    Places in the middle east have odd times as well (there were a major customer on a project of mine once).

    I worked with tetrapak, and most customers were non english speaking (Americans and English like to drink out of cans and bottles instead). I learn’t that thai is the most expensive langauge in terms of storage space for their character set.

    And in oracle, varchar2(128) means that there are 128 bytes available, not chars, even if Oracle charset is UTF-8.

  2. I fixed a bug in the Tomcat log processing code that only dealt with TZ in the hour. Of course in Australia we have a 30min TZ (South Australia) and I found somewhere in the N.Hemisphere (Canada ?) to test against.

    I didn’t find these (well, I wasn’t looking). So sorry to everybody in Nepal and Chatham Is. The log processing should work, but if it doesn’t, I’ll fix it if you raise a defect 😉

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