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May 13 2005   4:46AM GMT

Universal Uncordinated Time

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

This week I was looking at getting NTP (Network Time Protocol) set up on my servers here – I’d had problems in the past with the TCP Port not being open on my firewall. This solved I had NTP up and running in no time. One thing that I always found curious was why Universal Co-ordinated Time – is called UTC instead of UCT. Out of curiosity I checked this out online – I thought the history of this standard was an interesting and ironic tale of the “holy grail” of “standardisation” in our industry…. He’s how one website had it….

“In 1970 the Coordinated Universal Time system was devised by an international dvisory group of technical experts within the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  The ITU felt it was best to designate a single abbreviation for use in all languages in order to minimize confusion.  Since unanimous agreement could not be achieved on using either the English word order, CUT, or the French word order, TUC, the acronym UTC was chosen as a compromise.”

Well, there we have it – how on earth are we to get agreed standards – when standards bodies – can’t even agree on the names for standards – never mind what standards area!

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