Indiana's time zone melee continues....

John Hawkinson jhawk at MIT.EDU
Wed Aug 16 17:50:13 UTC 2006

Paul Eggert <eggert at> wrote on Wed, 16 Aug 2006
at 10:19:09 -0700 in <877j1838fm.fsf at>:

> its time stamp says "PUBLISHED: 08-15-06 5:00 AM EST".  But
> Lafayette is in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, which is observing
> Eastern Daylight Time now, not "EST".
> If the newspaper can't even get its own time stamps right, no
> wonder mortals working for lesser institutions like the schools

If a major national newspaper like the New York Times can't
get it right, the chances aren't good for smaller papers,
especially those in a confusing place like Indiana.

I noticed recently that the NYT's automated email messages (about
headlines, etc.) transit a machine that claims to be -0400 but has a
clock in Eastern time (which is -0500 right now). For instance:

Received: from omitted by (LSMTP for
    Windows NT v1.1b) with SMTP id
    <97.0065010F at>;
    Wed, 16 Aug 2006 3:22:06 -0400
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 03:20:43 -0500

I made some attempt to find the right person to mention this
to recently, but my experience is finding the right person
is 2/3 of the battle.


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