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 Post subject: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Tue 10, 2016 6:55 pm 
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December 31, 1969. That's the join date on a lot of older profiles around here. Obviously, the site wasn't around in 1969 :lol: so why is that? It's gotta be some kind of glitch in the site, right? Are there any staff members around that can help figure this out? Sorry if this is the wrong thread...


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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Tue 10, 2016 7:20 pm 
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The server runs Linux, based on UNIX and the computer's clock tells time by counting the number of seconds from January 1, 1970. Join dates in your profile are recorded by storing the number of seconds between January 1, 1970 and the date/time you joined.

At one point there was a transfer of the data in the site database and during that transfer the join time somehow got overlooked, so everyone at that point had a blank entry instead of a time. Everyone who joined since then has a time recorded, so their member join date is correct. Everyone before then has a blank, which is equivalent to "0" and represents January 1, 1970, so everyone before the transfer now has that as their join date.

However, that time is midnight, January 1, 1970 UTC. If you have a clock offset set in your profile to change UTC to your local time zone, that offset makes the join time several hours before midnight, before the UNIX epoch, so the date becomes December 31, 1969.


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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Wed 11, 2016 1:27 am 
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Alan Voorhees wrote:
The server runs Linux, based on UNIX and the computer's clock tells time by counting the number of seconds from January 1, 1970. Join dates in your profile are recorded by storing the number of seconds between January 1, 1970 and the date/time you joined.

At one point there was a transfer of the data in the site database and during that transfer the join time somehow got overlooked, so everyone at that point had a blank entry instead of a time. Everyone who joined since then has a time recorded, so their member join date is correct. Everyone before then has a blank, which is equivalent to "0" and represents January 1, 1970, so everyone before the transfer now has that as their join date.

However, that time is midnight, January 1, 1970 UTC. If you have a clock offset set in your profile to change UTC to your local time zone, that offset makes the join time several hours before midnight, before the UNIX epoch, so the date becomes December 31, 1969.


That clears it right up - thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Wed 11, 2016 1:31 am 
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I remember this forum in1969, but it was kerosene powered back then.


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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Wed 11, 2016 3:32 am 
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Google has changed a lot since then also:
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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Wed 11, 2016 2:17 pm 
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I also wondered about that date, but didn't want to ask what I would think to be a dumb question. This was a great "informational thread" for me. Thanks for the clarification.
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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Thu 12, 2016 3:24 am 
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We had a lot of outages in '69 due to weak 5U4s...

The amount of B+ to run computers back then was measured in Kw...


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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Thu 12, 2016 7:43 am 
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Lessee, 1969, a typewriter and a B/W TV set as the monitor... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Thu 12, 2016 8:21 am 
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fifties wrote:
Lessee, 1969, a typewriter and a B/W TV set as the monitor... :wink:
Unless you were lucky enough to have access to a mainframe, as I was. :mrgreen: Actually, a TTY and B&W CRT isn't much different than your typewriter and TV set, except it was connected to a computer.

Today, I have, by a long shot, more computing power in my cell phone.


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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Thu 12, 2016 8:51 am 
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Flipperhome wrote:
fifties wrote:
Lessee, 1969, a typewriter and a B/W TV set as the monitor... :wink:
Unless you were lucky enough to have access to a mainframe, as I was. :mrgreen: Actually, a TTY and B&W CRT isn't much different than your typewriter and TV set, except it was connected to a computer.

Actually in 1969 I was working as a wire operator for a stock brokerage firm, using their teletype to place buy/sell orders for the brokers' customers.

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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Thu 12, 2016 2:05 pm 
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Dec 31, 1969
Celebrating New Years Eve with my first wife and new baby girl in our 2nd floor apartment in my parents home.

Got an email from the "baby" this morning, she will be visiting with her family early in June. Her two girls, the oldest, just graduated from High School with 4.0. Current wife and I will be planning to take the graduate to a prominent local jeweller to out fit her with a couple remembrance rings of her graduation.

Life has come more than full circle and is going around again.

What makes me very proud is that with each generation the level of education is rising exponentially.

On topic: My employer in 12/31/69 had already begun plans to automate many of the "slow" labor intensive processes and had purchased a huge mainframe computer. I had no access to that as it was totally in the hands of an elite engineering group. The outcome, some nine years later was a series of in house built robots to do buffing, painting, packing and stacking of the product.

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 Post subject: Re: Dec 31, 1969
PostPosted: May Thu 12, 2016 3:45 pm 
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Dec 31 1969

I was 7 years old living in Cleveland Ohio. Probably awaiting the midnight hour to bang pot and pan lids together to celebrate. If I stayed awake!!

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