For those of you unfamiliar with how computers actually keep track of time, most computers running the Unix operating system do so based on the number of seconds that have elapsed since 1st January 1970. Pretty much everything do with with elapsed time (internally in the operating system) is based on this date.
Now for those of you still actually reading this post, at precisely 11:31:30pm on Friday, 13th February 2009 (i.e. tonight), this internal time representation will hit somewhat of a milestone (for 32-bit computer systems) in that the number of seconds that will have elapsed since 1st January 1970 will be exactly 1234567890.
OK, I admit, it’s not quite the same as landing a man on the moon but worth a mention all the same I feel. One for the pub perhaps.