Steam friends network unreachable fix

The disputable new steam friends UI keeps running into problems.

If your steam friends UI fails to connect and gives you the following error message,

This failure may indicate that your local network is offline or that the Steam Friends servers are currently offline

chances are your local timezone is given in UTC code and steam fails to interpret it. A simple solution is to give the "TZ=UTC" option before calling the steam executable. If you are using Linux, you can modify the corresponding steam desktop entry by changing the Exec line into

Exec=TZ=UTC /path/to/steam/binary/steam %U

Hope this helps and have fun.