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Jamie Thomson

This is the blog of Jamie Thomson, a data mangler in London working for Dunnhumby

Event Time Announcer – simple and easy. Please use it!

I’m a big proponent of using online services to simplify our lives, that’s why I’m a huge advocate of subscribable calendars (aka iCalendar) which I talk about frequently on this blog.  In a similar vein I’ve come across a service from called Event Time Announcer, the premise is incredibly simple but very useful. Quite simply it allows you to specify a date and time and it will show you what the time will be in various cities in the world at that exact point in time, you can then share those results using a URL. For example following this URL: shows the start and end time of a meeting that I concocted for various cities around the world:


I constantly have to wrestle with meeting invites littered with meaningless (to me) time zone codes like {ET, CET, PST, PDT} so a service like Event Time Announcer could be invaluable, if only people could be persuaded to use it. So, I implore you (and by “you” I mainly mean people in Microsoft), if you’re sending me times in your own time zone please have the decency to provide a link from Event Time Announcer so I can fathom what they actually mean. It would be greatly appreciated!


Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 6:24 PM by jamiet

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