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Let's start over Feb 01 2011 03:46AM
Jay Scalf (jayscalf comcast net) (2 replies)
Re: Let's start over Feb 01 2011 05:33PM
Eric (naisanza gmail com) (2 replies)
Re: Let's start over Feb 02 2011 09:16AM
David Ford (david blue-labs org)
Re: Let's start over Feb 01 2011 05:41PM
Jay Scalf (jayscalf comcast net) (1 replies)
Re: Let's start over Feb 02 2011 09:34AM
Gmail (fhlipzero gmail com) (1 replies)
RE: Let's start over Feb 02 2011 12:01PM
Synja (synja synfulvisions com)
Re: Let's start over Feb 01 2011 03:51PM
David H. Lipman (DLipman verizon net) (1 replies)
There is no malware that specifically targets the clock.

People look at their computer and they wonder at the marvel of its computing power yet
they fail to understand that a computer is NOT an accurate time piece. They expect it to
be because, hell computers are accurate - right ?

When it comes to the PC clock, no. The clock on one's wrist in the form of a watch is
much more accurate. Older platforms as expressed here just don't hold an accurate time
and one can't expect it to.

In a case like this one should just point the PC to the NIST's time server so when you are
in the OS, you have a pretty close time. When you are outside of the OS, who cares if it
doesn't have the correct time.

http://www.nist.gov/pml/div688/grp40/its.cfm

Dave

Date forwarded: Tue, 01 Feb 2011 02:14:09 -0700 (MST)
Date sent: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:46:59 -0600
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From: Jay Scalf <jayscalf (at) comcast (dot) net [email concealed]>
Subject: Let's start over
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Organization: James F. Scalf & Associates, Architects, AIA

> Dave ultimately had the answer for "updateg", but let me ask further, if
> I may: I normal maintain 3 computers and don't have a lot of problems.
> (I started in college on Cobol (is that how you spell it?) and Fortran
> over 40 years ago, learned to program in DOS and C in the 80's, and of
> all Windows, still prefer XP) The machine in question is a 7 year old
> machine given to me by my best friend's widow. He first thought he had a
> Trojan or a virus affecting the clock. I suggested the battery. He went
> to the Geeks at Best Buy and they sold him a new battery, put the old
> one back in and told him he needed a new hard drive - then sold him a
> new computer and charged $100 extra to move his data from the old to new
> machine. (Unbelievable, eh?) When I got home with it about 10 days ago,
> I put his new battery in it, ran all sorts of hardware tests, and I
> can't find anything wrong with it. Still, because of his first
> impression that it is infected, I am still running various scans. So -
> anyone ever heard of a virus or whatever that messes with the clock or
> somehow drains the clock battery? If he was right I would like to find
> and remove whatever. As I am beginning to feel pretty good about its PC
> state of health overall, if I don't find something in a couple of days,
> I will finish cleaning his personal stuff off of it and load my stuff.
>
> BTW: Thanks to everyone for their responses regarding "updateg" - lots
> of good information.
> Jay
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