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Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Chris R.64
New member | Level 1

There seems to be no way to get Dropbox to set the time zone we are incorrectly.  In Tenerife we are on same timeline as London, but even if you select Britain UK - the timeline is GMT+1.00, there is no GMT or GMT+0.00

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Re: Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Robert J.
Collaborator | Level 8

Could it be because we are still on British Summer Time until this coming Sunday morning at 2am BST, when we will revert to 1am GMT, so GMT+1.00 is the appropriate zone time until then?

Re: Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Chris R.64
New member | Level 1

NO, because when the clocks change we are all still on GMT +0.00.  Doh!

Re: Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Robert J.
Collaborator | Level 8

By that argument the whole world would be on the wrong time, because Paris (France) is presently showing as GMT+2.00, Helsinki (Finland) is showing as GMT+3.00, and the Pacific Time Zone in the United States, where Dropbox is based, is showing as GMT-7.00. Those are the correct values for the local time in each of those zones now. I think the times in Europe will adjust when we revert from BST to GMT this coming Sunday, and in the US when they change back from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time on Sunday 1st November .

Re: Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Robert J.
Collaborator | Level 8

By saying the times will adjust, I mean that next Sunday the London zone setting will change to GMT+0.00, Paris to GMT+1.00, and Helsinki to GMT+2.00. On Sunday November 1st PDT will end, and California will be back on PST, which is GMT-8.00.

Re: Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Chris R.64
New member | Level 1

NO AGAIN.  If we are in GMT time zone, then it will always be GMT +0.00

Re: Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Jeremy N.2
Helpful | Level 5

Where in the desktop client do you get a choice of timezone anyway?  Or, if it comes to that, do you see any precise timestamp values?  I certainly don't.

Re: Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Robert J.
Collaborator | Level 8

But we are not in the GMT time zone. That is an almost mythical place where the clocks never go forward or back. The Mountain time zone in the US is similar, in that the clocks have never changed with the seasons there, except in the Native American reservations.

I am in London in England, in the UK time zone, where the local civil time (the one you see on accurate clocks and watches) is sometimes GMT+0.00, and sometimes GMT+1.00, depending on the time of year.

Today it is GMT+1.00, because it is British Summer Time, despite the weather. On Sunday when it gets light it will be GMT+0.00, because the clocks will have gone back during the night.

You may have been misled by the way the Dropbox web interface refers to timezones when the values it is showing are local civil times, not departures (usually, but not invariably, of multiples of ±15°) from the Prime Meridian (0° Longitude) which passes through Greenwich.

Re: Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Robert J.
Collaborator | Level 8

@Jeremy N.

In my last posting I mentioned the web interface, which you reach by clicking the Dropbox.com link next to the planet earth icon in the pop-up screen which appears when you right-click the Dropbox icon in the Windows notification area. That is where you will find the so-called timezone settings, by clicking on Settings in the drop-down menu in the top-right of the screen, next to your full name.

If you are not using Windows then the Dropbox icon will be somewhere else, but the principle is the same.

Re: Date/Time for Tenerife AND Britain UK is wrong as GMT+1.00

Jeremy N.2
Helpful | Level 5

But the web interface is irrelevant here, surely, in the /Desktop Client Builds/ part of the Forum. Shouldn't you be discussing this elsewhere?

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