BinClock is a small program that sits on your desktop and displays the time. Exactly what you would expect a clock to do. But, unlike other clocks, it does not display the time as boring, easy-to-read digits. Instead, it displays the time as a nearly-as-easy-to-read-(if-you-have-enough-practice) matrix of LEDs.

If you actually like this so much that you think "Hey, I'd like to have something like this on my desk" you might want to have a look at ThinkGeek. If you're still wondering "How do you read these nifty lights?" you should have a look at that site, too. It explains how to read the clock and I'm to lazy to explain it here.

BinClock started out as a small project to get in touch with new technologies I'm interested in. This is still the main focus of the project and should explain why there are quite a few versions of BinClock. It should explain why not all of them are under active development, too. The following version of BinClock are available:

Currently, the Java application and the Qt4/C++ application are more or less supported.


jBinClock (v0.2.2, 11.04.2005)

qBinClock Qt4 (v0.2, 12.07.2005)

qBinClock Qt3 (v0.1, 08.02.2005)

BinClock applet (v0.1.1, 26.06.2004)

While these applications generally support the same set of features (they all display the current time), there are some features that are only implemented in some of the editions. The following overview shows what features are supported by the different applications.

Edition Lock
Java application yes yes no
Java applet no no no
Qt3/C++ application yes no no
Qt4/C++ application yes yes no