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Re^2: Where were you at epoch == 0 ?

by talexb (Canon)
on Mar 01, 2013 at 13:58 UTC ( #1021264=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Where were you at epoch == 0 ?
in thread Where were you at epoch == 0 ?

:) Pick whichever one you like. I chose the Linux one, AprilJanuary 1, 1970, at 0000 Eastern TimeUTC.

I was coming up to my twelfth birthday, in grade 6 (form 2 at the boy's school I was attending in Westmount, Quebec). Apart from WFF 'N Proof, I didn't have much exposure to computers I could use. My Dad took my downtown to his office sometimes, where he'd do something incomprehensible with the IBM 370 mainframe that he was working on at the time. He'd leave me to entertain myself on the Keypunch machines.

Alex / talexb / Toronto

"Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

Update: Of course, it was January, not April. Don't know where my brain was this morning. The caffeine deficiency is being rectified.

Update 2: Of course, the time zone should be UTC, and not Eastern Time. Zero for two, in case anyone's keeping track.


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Re^3: Where were you at epoch == 0 ?
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Mar 01, 2013 at 15:14 UTC
    I chose the Linux one, April 1, 1970,

    1st of April? Don't you mean the 1st of January?

    Assuming the latter, at that exact moment I was in my parental home playing monopoly with my dad, 5 siblings, a couple of older sister's boyfriends and an uncle & aunt.

    If you've ever played monopoly with a dozen people all mildly intoxicated (kids were allowed small glasses of Raisin Wine on Xmas and New Year), it gets very silly.

    The neighbors must have thought we were mad; breaking out in to a chorus of happy birthday every time someone got the "It is your birthday, collect .." card.


    With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
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Re^3: Where were you at epoch == 0 ?
by DrHyde (Prior) on Mar 01, 2013 at 16:15 UTC

    Eastern Time? What Dat? UTC-5? UTC+10? UTC+2?

    But in any case, time_t 0 is at 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC.

      I intended to use Unix time when I suggested this poll .. and somehow my brain convinced me that would be April 1, not January 1, and Eastern Time and not UTC. (My birthday's in April, this year it's a sorta significant one .. that's probably where that came from.)

      I stand corrected!

      Alex / talexb / Toronto

      "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

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