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towerOkay, I admit it. I’m a time freak. I hate to be late, and I usually carry backup means to tell the time. Sometimes though, it’s not the devices in my pockets, but the websites.

We’ve discussed all sorts of things about time before. Simon posted a great list of alarm clock applications The Best Alternative Alarm Clocks for Windows and Mac The Best Alternative Alarm Clocks for Windows and Mac Read More for various platforms, Karl let us know all about an online alarm clock A Great Free Online Alarm Clock - MetaClock A Great Free Online Alarm Clock - MetaClock Read More , and Ryan helped out your efficiency with Qlock Qlock - An Awesome World Clock & Fancy Alarm For Your PC Qlock - An Awesome World Clock & Fancy Alarm For Your PC Read More .

Clock sites can be both fun and useful. Here are some of the most interesting online time clock websites.

The World Clock

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It’s hard to beat The World Clock if you have any interest in the time in different zones.

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A summary page lets you browse alphabetically through names of cities all over the planet, or you can resort the list by country or time zone. Clicking on a city name opens a detail page which goes way beyond just showing the time.

In addition to all of the standard functionality, it’s also possible to build a personalised online time clock for yourself, add a selection of locations that you’re interested in, and all of this can be anonymous, which is something of a relief in a registration-mad web. If you want to share your custom clock, there’s a Java option better suited.

ClockLink

clocklink1You get a selection of clock options including a clickable world map on which you can display the time, and it looks a whole lot nicer than The World Clock.

The focus at ClockLink is on a selection of Javascript clocks that can easily be embedded in your own webpages. Analogue, digital and just plain weird online time clocks are available. Most of them can also be configured to some extent, so you can easily match your website colour scheme.

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To embed an online time clock, simply click the View HTML Tag button below the clock, accept the conditions, then copy and paste the Javascript code to your website.

Humanclock

humanclock1This is a web classic. It’s been around for a long time (2001). When this website was first created, some of the ideas were really radical. Things have moved on, and there’s nothing technologically startling about what happens here now, but it’s still very cool.

The idea is that the website creator, Craig Giffen, decided for some wacky reason, that he needed to collect photos of cardboard fake digital clocks in various settings and places.

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It’s all just snowballed from there. Since then, people have sent in images, and all sorts of other things have happened. Just take a scroll through the site to get a feel for it. Your inevitable questions can mostly be answered in the FAQ.

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Industrious Clock III

Along similar lines, but both simpler and much more active, this is a digital clock animated down to the seconds by someone writing the digits on paper.

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You really need to take a look at the site to get a feel for how much fun this is. I’m told if you don’t appreciate it you need more coffee..

Online Time Clock

Need something simpler? This could be just the thing, and it was the weapon of choice to increase stress levels for an exam I sat last year.

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Time.is

One more. This was just featured in the MUO directory. Simple display, really BIG font! The great thing about Time.is is that it checks out your PC to see how the internal clock is doing. There are lots of ways to do this, but this is the one to point your non-geek friends at.

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You can configure things to display more or less information at various sizes, and it also works well on mobile devices.

So, have you seen these before? What online time tools do you use? How late are you? Questions and comments below. I better go. I don’t want to be late.

  1. dave
    February 22, 2010 at 6:44 am

    How about this flip-clock style thing:
    http://www.calcresult.com/temporal/simple-clock.html

    • Jim Henderson
      February 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

      Okay, now that's just weird, but I like it!

  2. Trae
    February 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    One of my favorite online clocks is at:

    http://www.uniqlo.jp/uniqlock/

    A unique and entertaining clock involving music and video. Time zone; however, is difficult to control.

    • Jim Henderson
      February 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

      Cute. Difficult to do any work though. :-)

  3. OnlineClock
    February 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you so much for including us among this fine list of clock sites, we were delighted to find this blog post!

    But even more than that we hope that your exams went well :-)

    We get a lot of feedback from teachers and professors who use our alarm clock to time quizzes and exams in their classrooms, using overhead beamers.

    This was a great idea for an article...please post more about time and clock-related subjects!

    • Jim Henderson
      February 8, 2010 at 11:04 pm

      more? There's more? :-)

  4. kanji
    February 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I like this clock site:

    http://domainclock.caughtandloose.com/

    • Jim Henderson
      February 8, 2010 at 11:03 pm

      That's very weird, but not in a bad way. Thanks.

  5. Kristøpher
    February 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I feel this one deserves some praise too: a nifty Chrome Experiment called "Scroll Clock"

    http://toki-woki.net/p/scroll-clock/

    • Jim Henderson
      February 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm

      Oh, hadn't seen that one. I agree, it's cool!

  6. Fayetteville Video
    February 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Very cool man, I remember the Human Clock from back in the day, I actually submitted a few pics of me up there too!

    The Industrious Clock III you found is very cool too, hadn't seen that one, but fun to watch as you said! (I watched it for a few minutes non-stop...)

    • Jim Henderson
      February 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm

      You want to get out more. :-) Thanks for the kind words.

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