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Making timezone and date settings stick System
I've found two oddities with time-type settings in OS X (all versions thus far).
  1. Changing the time zone after install: I found that it won't stick. Here's what I now do (and it works for me on multiple systems, including when booted off a FireWire drive). Traverse to System Preferences -> Date & Time -> Time Zone -> Closest City:, then enter a major city in the timezone (Vancouver - Canada, in my case). It'll do completion as you type, so when you have a city in the correct time zone, press return or enter (without this, it's not saved). It should now "stick."

  2. Getting a sane date display format - YYYY-MM-DD: I found that this won't stick if you just change it for the U.S. region, so here's what I do. Traverse to System Preferences -> International -> Date and change the Region to U.K. then change the Short Date to Year-Month-Day, the Separator to "-" and check the Leading zero for day, Leading zero for month, and/or Show century (as desired). It should now "stick."
[Editor's note: The above was an email response sent by the author of this hint to a user with timezone and date formats that would not stick when booted off a FireWire drive. The author thought others may find it useful for solving date and timezone problems, so here it is.]
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Time Delay on Wake Up
Authored by: rahulb on Nov 11, '02 01:13:21PM

Talking about time, do other people also have a 5 second delay for the menubar clock to display the correct time after waking up for sleep?



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Having a 'Custom' Setting
Authored by: zeusr on Nov 11, '02 02:57:38PM

The trick to getting any of those settings is not which area specifically you change to, just the fact that you change it. You can't directly select the 'Custom' area until you've change it away form the default area and change a setting.

So, you can change one item in the date area, as long as you change the current area setting (for example, from 'US' to 'UK', then back again), and now when you start changing items, the area will change to 'Custom'.

Took me a bit to figure that one out, but it appears to be a bug in allowing the 'Custom' setting to be available only after changing the specific area.



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