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What time is it?

William Barnes
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Joined: Mar 16, 2001
Posts: 986

It would be great if the current MT (mountain standart time) were displayed. I have a hard time figuring out if there are new posts since the last time I checked. (Doing anytype of math hurts my brain.) Thanks.

Please ignore post, I have no idea what I am talking about.
Cindy Glass
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Joined: Sep 29, 2000
Posts: 8521
Well that would be nice for YOU, but what about ME over here in Eastern Standard Time? Only ONE timing zone can be used, so they use the zone that the server is in (Colorado).

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Jim Yingst

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 18671
Ummm, it looks like Christopher is in Boston. So he's not in MST either. His point I believe is that on loading a page, he sees a bunch of times in MST for each of the topics - but he would like to know what is the current time (at page loading) in MST so that he has something to compare the values against. This sounds like a nice idea - not particularly urgent, but a nice feature to have. However it runs up against the usual problem - we'reusing third-party software here, and it's probably more trouble than it's worth to try to customize it. But perhaps there's a simple way to do this within the UBB framework - I don't know offhand.

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Frank Carver

Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Posts: 6920
How about a background process on the server which regenerates a copy of either the "Moose" image or the "Post new Topic" image with a timestamp rendered on to it? Do it once a minute and anyone who's interested in the time can find out by just refreshing the page images.
Alternatively the footer seems easily customizable, so why not use a similar background process to regenerate the footer text with a timestamp each minute?

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Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
You can find a lot of free web page monitors from They can be configured to watch any number of web pages( works with CGI's too ) for changes. You will get a notification once it detects a newer page.
This way you don't have to write one!

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Cindy Glass
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Joined: Sep 29, 2000
Posts: 8521
Oh, I get it (finally). Yeah, I just keep adding 2 hours to all the times.
Thomas Paul
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Joined: May 05, 2000
Posts: 13974
Maybe it's time to update UBB and then start applying some patches to it. Since we don't update all that often, the patches will be good for awhile.

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