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ibook_steve Feb 23, 2013 04:07 PM
Set time zone automatically: a bunch of hooey!
On my 2010 MBP, this option simply does not work. The time is set correctly automatically, but auto time zone detection does not. Is it just me?

Steve
 
reader50 Feb 23, 2013 04:47 PM
I expect it works by loading an Apple server, which geolocates you via your IP address. If you use a VPN service, you'd have the same final IP address regardless of your location. It would likewise fail if your IP range is a new one, not in their files.

I've tried it on one cross-country trip. I think it worked; I don't specifically recall having to reset the time zones. But it's also been awhile since.
 
ibook_steve Feb 24, 2013 02:47 AM
I travel across the country quite a bit and it never works. Could it be the hotel wi-fi networks that are the problem? Then again, I've tried it at the sites I visit (when I'm working) and it still doesn't seem to work or even when I come home. Oh well. Not a huge deal, just annoying.

Steve
 
reader50 Feb 24, 2013 04:31 AM
Delete your Date and Time pref file? Sometimes the old tricks are the best ones.
 
jmiddel Feb 24, 2013 03:54 PM
Never worked for me either, not just in hotels, but also at my best friend's house who the exact same router as I have at home.
 
OreoCookie Feb 24, 2013 11:56 PM
This has worked fine for me. Are you sure you have location services enabled, though? These can be found in the Security & Privacy > Privacy section of the Sys Prefs.
 
ibook_steve Feb 25, 2013 08:02 PM
Yes Location Services are enabled. What locations have you been at where it worked?

Steve
 
OreoCookie Feb 26, 2013 01:16 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by ibook_steve (Post 4219174)
Yes Location Services are enabled. What locations have you been at where it worked?
Phew, I've been traveling a lot, lot: everywhere in Europe, including more exotic countries such as Romania, South Korea, Japan, Chile, etc. I've never had a problem with that, to be honest, and I'm a bit surprised.
 
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