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Geek Out!

NOON -- The heck with Valentine's Day. Happy 1234567890 Day!

Today at 6:31:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the Unix clock will strike 1234567890. That is, it will be 1,234,567,890 seconds since the Unix epoch began on Jan. 1, 1970, not counting leap seconds.

What's to be done? Well, go out and party, of course. You'll find a list of gatherings at http://www.1234567890day.com. You're too late for the Melbourne one, but the lunch gathering at the University of Hawaii sounds promising.

If you can't meet up, then you could spend your 6:31 minute the usual way: staring at a computer screen. Options include this page or this one, where you can learn that Unix second 9,876,543,210 conveniently falls on another good party day -- the Friday before Christmas in 2282. Make your plans now.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 4:11:47 PM
re: Geek Out! Oops: make that on January 19, 2038 at 3:14 it will wrap around to a negative number (got to get that right in case anyone wants to get back into there Y2K bunker on time)
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 4:11:47 PM
re: Geek Out! "that Unix second 9,876,543,210 conveniently falls on another good party day -- the Friday before Christmas in 2282."

That's if it is a 64 bit system. If it's a 32 bit system (Unix, Linux, or even Mac or Windows), then the timer's counter will roll over to zero on January 19, 2038, at 19:03:14:07, causing all kinds of havoc.
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:11:47 PM
re: Geek Out! Oh - I've heard of the 2038 thing, now that you mention it. Guess I picked a number that's too big.

Sorry folks, the 2282 party's off.
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 4:11:46 PM
re: Geek Out! Since telecom equipment has a way of staying around for a long time, all the equipment vendors out there can do your children a favor.

Try setting the date on your box to Jan 19, 2038, 03:15 and see what happens.
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:11:46 PM
re: Geek Out! "Youre too late for the Melbourne one..."

?????
WTF was I thinking? That's 100% incorrect.

My geek license is officially revoked.
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