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Ubuntu 8.04 – How to Setup the World Clock Applet?

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Ubuntu Hardy Heron sports an improved system clocks applet that now supports viewing of time in multiple locations. Further, the clock applet on Ubuntu 8.04 can also give you Weather details about the location. This new feature may come really handy for some users that work with distant bosses who’re in a different timezone ;)

In case you’re wondering how to tap the full potential of the improved world clock tool in Ubuntu 8.04, here’s a quick, step-by-step walk through on how you can go about using it.

First, in the panel on top click on the time that precedes the Quit button. Then, click ‘Edit’ near ‘Locations’

Click ‘Add’ in the Window that appears

In the next window, type in the name of the place whose time should be displayed in the clock applet’s expanded view. Alternatively, you can use the ‘Find’ button to make a selection from a list of prominent locations around the world. Click ‘OK’. You should note that the Timezone, Latitute and Longitude details have been filled up automatically.

Now click ‘OK’.

You should now see the place listed along with the local time there in the expanded clock area.

If you want to track the time of additional places from the clock applet, click the ‘Add’ button in the Clock Preferences Window to add more places. This is quite useful, isn’t it?

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April 28th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

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  • pygme

    thanks for that…. i was wondering how its done.. very useful for me.

    ta…

  • hnkelley

    Fantastic! Works on 8.10, too (of course).

    What I’ve been trying to find out is how the clock applet gets the weather information. Any ideas, please?

    I became curious about this a couple weeks ago when it decided that it was -99.4F outside and felt like -125.9F. It might winter here in Los Angeles, but I don’t think it’s been that cold since, oh, I don’t know, 3 or 4 ice ages ago! All the other info (wind, sunrise and sunset) were correct. The problem lasted for two days, then cleared back to normal, correct readings.

    Thanks!

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