Wed, 27 Aug 2003

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All about the UNIX epoch. Hey, N, you were right. The end of the world will be on a Tuesday. Unless programmers can recompile all the code running the entire Internet by then, it is not unconceivable that the infrastructure of the Information Age&ndashbuilt mostly on UNIX–will collapse on Tuesday, January 19, 2038. Of course, they said all sorts of horrible things would happen on January 1, 2000, too, so maybe it's all bullshit. 2038.ORG has more information. I dig the Matrix-like/Apple IIC like green text-on-black background.

Why do I care? Well, the blosxom entries_cache plug-in encodes timestamps in UNIX epoch seconds. (At first, I thought it was a modified Julian Date.)

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