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This is kind of silly and not really all that meaningful in the grand scheme of things, but it's still a little neat to me:

"At 11:31:30pm UTC on Feb 13, 2009, Unix time will reach 1,234,567,890.
Where will you be at this momentous second?" - from Bell Labs


Source: http://www.linuxpromagazine.com/online/blo...he_13th?blogbox

In case you were curious, UNIX time is actually the count of the number of seconds that have elapsed since midnight on January 1st, 1970 (Called the UNIX Epoch). It's somewhat of an odd way to keep track of time, but it's actually really effective for helping to tell exactly how much time has elapsed between two points by converting both times into UNIX time then subtracting. Doing things this way also avoids most issues associated with the Y2K bug; however, there will still be an issue with UNIX time in 2038, but I won't go into that because I'll reveal just what a geek I really am in doing so.

Coincidentally, this will be happening on Friday the 13th... kind of spooky, isn't it?
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All that Y2K Unix bug needs is transferring to a higher level of counting, thats all.
(and no, i won't tell either, i knew about this even before the Y2K thing in windows.)
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Originally from a Neil Gaiman cd, so i might suffer from all the things mentioned above.

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issues associated with the Y2K bug; however, there will still be an issue with UNIX time in 2038, but I won't go into that because I'll reveal just what a geek I really am in doing so.


You being a geek is no news Atnevon so please explain why!

And it isn't a bad thing either you know! B)

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You being a geek is no news Atnevon so please explain why!

And it isn't a bad thing either you know! B)


The very short explanation is this: unix is a 32bit system, and they simpley run out of numbers because the date is measured/calculated in seconds, the number is getting too big for the basket.
But it wasn't much of a problem when they were coding it, because who in his right mind would use a 60+ year old operating system?

more reading here, including suggestions for solutions.
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Originally from a Neil Gaiman cd, so i might suffer from all the things mentioned above.

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The very short explanation is this: unix is a 32bit system, and they simpley run out of numbers because the date is measured/calculated in seconds, the number is getting too big for the basket.
But it wasn't much of a problem when they were coding it, because who in his right mind would use a 60+ year old operating system?

more reading here, including suggestions for solutions.


Ah thanks Dirk!

Reminds me of that we are also running out of ip adresses aswell eek!

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ViusSolaris, you don't need to worry about that either.

The IPv4 address numbers are running out indeed, but IPv6 is supported since 1998, and it's a wee bit bigger.

The only Eeek i'm worried about is the limitation of available information, government restricted internet access, i want to see what i want, not see what others think i should see. (Highly political minefield in that one.)
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Originally from a Neil Gaiman cd, so i might suffer from all the things mentioned above.

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ViusSolaris, you don't need to worry about that either.

The IPv4 address numbers are running out indeed, but IPv6 is supported since 1998, and it's a wee bit bigger.

The only Eeek i'm worried about is the limitation of available information, government restricted internet access, i want to see what i want, not see what others think i should see. (Highly political minefield in that one.)


Yes supported but there are strong powers that doesn't want to implement ipv6!

*points at Atnevon* strong powers like him! :P

Yes the limitations are awful i agree and it keeps getting worse!




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