[ntp:questions] .1 Microsecond Synchronization

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Sat Jun 6 19:15:40 UTC 2009

Rob wrote:
> Richard B. Gilbert <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>> It has always amazed me that in an all-digital system like GSM there is
>>> no standard way to communicate wallclock time from the network to the
>>> handhelds.  Even a once-per-hour time transmission that would sync the
>>> freerunning clock in the phone would be fine for most users.
>> I tend to rely on my wrist watch for time rather than my cell phone.
> I don't have a wrist watch.  I use my phone to know what time it is.
>> Also, I think most people buy cell phones to use as phones and would 
>> never miss having the correct time on the phone.
> I don't know the situation in your country, but over here the function
> of a cell phone to be used as a phone is becoming a smaller fraction of
> its total functionality, and sometimes one even wonders if it is the
> primary function (both when deciding to buy the model and in actual use).

My cell phone has all sorts of functions that I don't really use much. 
It has many, if not all, of the functions of a Personal Digital 
Assistant (PDA) but is much less convenient to use for such functions as:
a. Address Book
b. Calculator
c. Calender

What really cripples it is data entry using the keypad!  Punching the 
2-ABC key four times to get a "C" is not a practical method of data 
entry!  If I want to enter someone's name, address and/or phone number, 
I connect the phone to my computer with the USB cable and use Motorola 
Phone Tools.  It's not always convenient, or even possible, to do so.

My Palm M500 is easily 2-1/2 times the size and three times the weight 
but it's a lot easier to use for keeping track of names, addresses, 
phone numbers, and appointments, than my RAZR V3m.

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