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February 13, 2009, 7:58 pm
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As some of you know, Unix epoch time will reach the number
today at 23:31:30 UTC.
If you don't know, epoch time is a measure of time in number of
(non-leap) seconds since Midnight UTC on January 1, 1970. (That means
a billion seconds have passed since then.)
Nostradamus once cryptically said, "The world will end when all
are visible." I wonder if he was talking about this epoch time stuff.
(Disclaimer: I just made that quote up.)
You can view the epoch time ticking away by typing the following at
DOS/Unix prompt (provided you have Perl installed):
perl -le "print time and sleep 1 while 1"
(You may want to synchronize your computer's clock by going to
You can see the exact time of 1234567890 for your timezone by
perl -le "print scalar localtime 1234567890"
Have a happy 1234567890 day!