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Goofing off in epoch proportions

Posted on | March 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

I just finished re-writing one of my tools that will be included with my extended ext3cow tool set, something to help translate epoch (UNIX stamps) to standard calendar dates. The tool also settles races, telling you which file in a group has the latest modification date.

For those of you who don’t know about the UNIX epoch, its simply the number of seconds that have lapsed since January 1, 1970. Despite the difficulty of determining this and plotting accurate time lapses almost 40 years ago and to a period where cell phones and mobile broadband didn’t exist yet, I was convinced of trying it.

I wanted to test it out, so I started translating popular numbers to see what calendar date they were. This endeavor began as funny and quickly degenerated into completely brainless occupational therapy.

Epoch 1234567890 translates (of all things) to Valentines day, 2009 at 7:31 AM. Be sure to take a bath before then so you have a chance of not spending this geekly magical point in time alone. It happens to be my anniversary, I should be set. If you do find yourself alone, its just one more (VERY) good reason to hate Valentine’s day.

Epoch 123456789 passed on November 30, 1973. Nothing significant happened on this day, however many events surrounding the Watergate scandal were popping like popcorn on the days before and after.

Epoch 8675309 (from the famous 80′s hit by Tommy Tutone) translates to April 11, 1970, the day that the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to reach the moon was launched. The band suffered a similar fate years later when they were also forced to return to earth prematurely.

I thought that I heard someone say that there was no such thing as information overload? Perhaps I read that somewhere mindlessly browsing around when I (really) should have been doing other things.


One Response to “Goofing off in epoch proportions”

  1. Yes, I’m Still Alive : Echoreply
    February 19th, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    [...] also glad to see my fellow diggers enjoy the most magical of all UNIX epochs, 1234567890 A post I wrote a year ago suddenly becomes popular, go figure! Since that epoch happened to fall on Valentine’s day, [...]

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