Re: Year 2000 issues

James Rogers (
Thu, 11 Sep 1997 22:05:05 -0700

At 09:46 PM 9/10/97 -0400, Dan Clemmensen wrote:
[...regarding year 2000 problems]
>Smaller: a lot of operational embedded computers don't CARE what
>the date is, and a great many that do, use UNIX time, which is
>measured as the number of seconds since 1 Jan 1970. (Apparently,
>that was the actual beginning of the universe.) This is carried
>as a 32 bit number, which means that the end of the univers is
>in Feb 2106.

Not to nitpick, but if I am not mistaken Epoch time has traditionally been
a *signed* 32-bit integer and will therefore rollover circa 2035.

-James Rogers