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The current time as I was writing this is 16:21 (GMT+2) and for some reason 1:20:06 PM UTC appears as "21s ago" on SO. (The date is good, however.)

Isn't UTC = GMT? (1:20 pm UTC should be 3:20 GMT+2, giving a 1 hour offset meaning that 21 seconds ago should be 1 hour and 21 seconds ago.)

...I am probably missing something here.

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It's only 13:56 UTC at the moment. I think you're mistaken about your time zone. You may be two hours ahead of "British time" but UK is on BST now, which is UTC+1, making you UTC+3.

GMT ~= UTC, so I don't think you're really GMT+2.

Where are you, geographically? I can go from a city name to a full Olsen time zone fairly easily :)

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Actually I am in GMT+2 time zone but Windows is automatically adjusting the clock for daylight saving changes which makes the current time zone to GTB Daylight Time, which makes you right. Thanks! – tzup Jul 2 '09 at 14:16
Geographically I'm in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and I forgot about the daylight saving change. I WAS missing something after all :) – tzup Jul 2 '09 at 14:24
wouldn't UK be on BDT now, and BST in the winter? or do you name it differently across the pond? – Kip Jul 2 '09 at 14:54
@Kip: In the UK there's GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) which we use in the winter, and BST (British Summer Time) which we use in the summer. – Jon Skeet Jul 2 '09 at 16:16
@Jon Interesting. Here in the US it is xST (x Standard Time) in winter, and xDT (x Daylight Time) in summer. – Kip Jul 2 '09 at 16:18
Yes - I don't know what the abbreviations are like elsewhere, to be honest. Mind you, I don't believe the abbrevations are always consistent even in the US - I think there are different variations on EST/EDT depending on exactly where you are, for example. – Jon Skeet Jul 2 '09 at 18:36
For example, around where Raymond Chen lives, PDT stands for "Pacific Daylight Time" and PST stands for "we're going to ignore the fact that words have meanings and throw the S in there just to attempt to sound awesome." (Note: this happens in every other US time zone, too.) – Pops Oct 11 '12 at 18:07

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