Freelabs Binary Clock is a clock that displays the current time in binary/decimal using a LED display. It really doesn't serve much of a practical purpose, unless your goal is to display the time in a strange format. Emphasis has been placed on making the clock cool looking and realistic.
There are some features and useful options that might interest you:
Freelabs Binary Clock's features include:
- LED and Background Color
- Intuitive Interface
- Time in 12 and 24 hour format
- Time Display Mode: decimal and binary
- Labels for each row of LEDs
- Hide window to tray
- Transparent background
So why use a binary clock on your desktop? The most common reason is because it looks cool, and you will be able to learn binary code. Have your friends over and dazzle them with your abilities to read the binary number system. It's also a great way to learn binary and/or BCD!.
What's the difference between binary and BCD?
BCD stands for binary coded decimal, and it can be though of as a special easier-to-read version of binary. For example, say the current time is 8:59. You could encode the "59" minutes as binary, which would be 59 = 00111011. Or, you could use BCD and encode each digit separately, 5 = 0101 and 9 = 1001. By encoding the digits separately, they are easier to interpret