[ntp:questions] Can a clock drift be too big for ntpd?

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Thu Oct 25 11:37:01 UTC 2007

Patrick Nolan wrote:
> On 2007-10-20, Steve Kostecke <kostecke at ntp.org> wrote:
>>The hardware clock in a PC is made of exceedingly cheap components. A
>>common quartz wristwatch is a better clock.
> I have noticed this.  Until WWV-controlled clocks came out, my most
> accurate timepiece was a $20 Casio wristwatch.  When the first one
> broke I got another which was just as accurate.  It really bugs me
> that clocks in computers and cars are not as good.  I'm amazed that
> clock radios, plugged into the 60 Hz supply, aren't as good.
> Sometimes I wish I had an old-fashioned motorized electric clock
> powered by AC.

Learn to suffer!!  Manufacturers will do almost anything to avoid adding 
$20 to the cost of their product!  People will not buy a watch that does 
not keep time.  The same cannot be said of computers (or cars)!

The most important considerations, to most people, are "How many GHz?" 
and "How much does it cost?"  Possibly, some people consider how much 
disk space, or the choice of CDRW vs. DVD+/-RW.  The clock is seldom 
considered at all.

There are something like 300,000,000 people in the US.  I doubt if there 
are 300 people who contribute to this newsgroup regularly.  Consider 
also the large number of people who only want to synchronize the clocks 
of their computers and simply do not care what time it is.

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