It’s funny but with this new WordPress dashboard all of my drafts appear to have been redated January 1, 1970.
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Kickin’ it old school.
Yeah, as in before I was born.
This time/date combination is what we refer to in the UNIX/Linux community as Epoch Time.
Yes. POSIX systems typically represent system times (such as file modification times) as in an integral (typically 32-bit) number of seconds since Jan 1, 1970 00:00 GMT, not accounting for leap seconds. In other words, the timestamp on your posts appears to have been reset to “zero”.
When something like this happens to me, the date typically displays as Dec 31, 1969 17:00, due to the time zone difference between Mountain Standard Time and Greenwich Mean Time (or more properly speaking UTC).
Two interesting things about this – Many 32 bit systems still in operation will face a Y2K like problem on or about January 19, 2038 due to the overflow of the 32 bit representation of this number. In addition, time sensitive systems require unusual accomodations every time they announce a leap second to accomodate for the earth’s irregularly slowing rotation. There was a leap second inserted at the end of 2008, and several high end (clustered) systems locked up because they lost time synchronization.
So there is a movement afoot to end the practice of inserting leap seconds, which if adopted will cause the position of the sun at noon to gradually drift over the centuries, resetting perhaps when we declare a leap hour once every 10,000 years or so.
That is not so bad, in English countries September 2, 1752 was followed by September 14, 1752 (to adjust to the more accurate Gregorian calendar). Catholic countries instituted a similar change about a hundred and seventy years earlier (~1582), such that dates were about ten days offset in England and France for an extended period of time, in addition to the shorter departure during the later tenure of the French Revolutionary calendar (where the French temporarily adopted new months, ten day weeks, a year that started with the autumnal equinox and so on).
Wow, I had no idea. Cool info — thanks Bill and Mark.
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