Epoch countdown

Epoch countdown

Terribly geeky, i know! Many modern computers count their time in the number of seconds since Unix Time, an epoch beginning on 1st January 1970.

In about 8 minutes it is going to reach 1,234,567,890 – something which i find oddly exciting! Keep up with it on coolepochcountdown.com

Update: GOT IT!!

My little ruby program recorded it for me!

Also, coolepochcountdown.com started doing fireworks and playing “Celebration” at 1234567890 o’clock! It was excellent!! :D

Also, there are many geeky celebrations on Flickr!

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22 comments on “Epoch countdown

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  2. Excellent. I know exactly what I was doing at the Epoch making moment. I was growling at an old tower computer which had decided all four of it's USB sockets were going to fail simultainiously.An Epoch fail indeed.How strange there were no dire predictions a la the millenium.

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  4. Haha! FAIL! Funny, my dad's computer did that recently.I think there were a few dire predictions along those lines, made in jest really. I think everyone gets that it's *just a number*. A really cool number, most definitely, but nothing to worry about on a technical level.However, there is a very serious epoch-related prediction that is due on 19th January 2038. The number of seconds since 1st January 1970 will reach 2,147,483,647. You may recognise that number as the highest that can be represented as a signed 32-bit integer. Most 64-bit computers are safe, but literally millions of systems – in fact hundreds of millions – including many embedded systems – use 32 bits to keep track of time. If they are not changed in time they will underflow and appear to go back in time to 1901.It's actually more serious than Y2K because it's more to do with hardware than software.Worldwide calamity, here we come!!!

  5. You no those countdown things like to coutdown to christmas. How do i make it? What should the picture be when you open it? What do you do when you open it? What happens?

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