unix1b

September 8, 2001
Wow, keeping up this theme of powers of 10 milestones, (kirk10k (days), kermitcar50k (miles) or figure out your own milestones here) Unix turns 1,000,000,000 seconds old today. According to
     perl -e 'print scalar localtime 1e9';
it's at 9:46 tonight, Eastern time.

This matters to geeks, because the standard Unix time stamp is the number of seconds since January 1, 1970, GMT, and it shows up often. Actually there may be some minor Y2K-like effects on various systems that store that timestamp as a 9-digit number, or assume you can sort the timestamp alphabetically. (Which was an assumption that worked from March 3, 1973 'til today.)

Joke of the Moment
"Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But I have never been able to make out the numbers."
--"Students on Science" via The rough-and-barely-ready humor page

News of the Moment
Finally, wrapping up today's theme of Time: Man, I've been through some long concerts before but this one takes the cake.