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Party Like It's 1234567890!

Worldwide Festivities!

  • February 13, 2009
  • By Carla Schroder
Planned celebrations will spontaneously erupt all over the globe as computer geeks celebrate when UNIX time hits 1234567890! On Friday the 13th! The day before Valentine's Day!

"1234567890 Day has some party sites and schedules.

There are a couple of ways to find out when 1234567890 happens in your local time:

$ perl -e 'print scalar localtime(1234567890)," ";'

$ date -d @1234567890

Of course, real time geeks go by UTC:

$ date -ud @1234567890

See the current UNIX time with this command:

$ date +%s

" Unix weenies everywhere will be partying like it's 1234567890 this Friday."

"Forget the Mayans and their silly 2012 doomsday scenario. The real end of the world will happen because of that most venerable of operating systems: UNIX."

What is this UNIX time, anyway? According to Wikipedia, UNIX time is a system for describing points in time, defined as the number of seconds elapsed since midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of January 1, 1970, not counting leap seconds." (Didn't we just have fun mocking Microsoft because they still don't know how to program leap days?)

This has been fun, but I have to get going now. It's never too early to prepare for Y3K.

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