Party like it's 1234567890

This is one of those tidbits only a true geek will appreciate. For those of us who are completely out of the Unix loop, the operating system measures time by counting seconds from January 1, 1970. Needless to say, quite a few seconds have passed in the past 39 years and today, at 6:31:30 PM EST, that magical number will reach the wonderfully sequential 1,234,567,890 mark.

Yes, we all know this isn't something you'll go around bragging about to your friends, but, for the inner geek in you, wait for that moment and just smile a bit. A angel may get it's wings or someone may install a *nix client for the first time. The possibilities of this magical moment are endless.

If you make the tragic mistake of missing this historical moment, fear not. Engadget has kindly pointed out that you will have another opportunity on December 22, 2282 at 3:13:30PM EST when the Unix clock strikes 9876543210.

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Some people are easily amused! It's just a number and not going to cause any problems like Y2K did as Linux has used 64bits for the time for years. The actual roll-over to zero will apparently occur at about the same time as the sun burns out.

m.keeley said,
Some people are easily amused! It's just a number and not going to cause any problems like Y2K did as Linux has used 64bits for the time for years. The actual roll-over to zero will apparently occur at about the same time as the sun burns out.

The keyword here is this: fun. That's all.

Hmm... I wonder if anybody has thought about doing this sort of thing for Microsoft's time(s)... In the Windows API, there exists the FILETIME structure, a 64-bit value representing the number of seconds since January 1, 1601. Then there is the COleDateTime MFC class, representing any date from January 1, 100 to December 31, 9999. Oh, but you also have the DATE type, starting with December 30, 1899, as well as time on many occasions starting at January 1, 1900, two days later.

Now I see how stupid I was for wondering that... :P

Conjor said,
Ill be more excited when it reaches 3,141,592,653

LOL! Good point, though I'll be happy to see 2,718,281,828. I'd be turning 69 years old that year. xD

@pjak

unfoutantly it would be at least 15th generation of our childs s childs

it would be long ago we have passed way

even though this aint really nothing special, in a way it is pretty cool especially knowing pretty much none of us reading this will be alive in 2082 (i would be 103 years old then) the next time it counts to 9876543210, because even though 'there's a chance' i could be alive the odds are significantly against it.

I read the first paragraph and turned to my colleague to tell him the news.

Then I read the second paragraph and reallized that I must be in a really bad place, having bragged about the milestone before even reading that I should not be bragging.