I've heard of some servers proving a little bit slow but this is ridiculous. Surely e-mails weren't even conceived of so far back as 1980?
A few minutes ago, I received an e-mail from some company offering me breast implants at the, "Hugely discounted," price of Â£2,500 (!!!) and this was the date on the message.
Naturally, I did reply and thanked them, "Very much for their kind, bargain offer and for thinking of me," but told them that unfortunately I had other financial priorities at the moment...
The spamming issue aside, anyone any idea how such a date could appear on an e-mail?
Yep, probably the default date on older computers when the user isn't coordinated enough to put in their own.
Hee hee. I love this particular bug. Every computer's internal clock counts from some particular start date, so if there's some kind of calendar glitch, you get whatever default date the computer thinks of as Year Zero.
UNIX: January 1, 1970 00:00:00 GMT**
PC and DOS: January 1, 1980
Windows: January 1, 1601 (I have actually received emails from my Mom dated to the 1600s... I resisted the urge to tease her about her age.)
Macs used to be January 1, 1900, but I think now they've moved up to 2001, just to be confusing.
** you may have noticed that the forums of Squidoo and some other bulletin boards occasionally get confused and list the registration dates of members as December 31, 1969. That's the UNIX "zero date" for a server housed in an American timezone.
Wow - thanks, Greekgeek! That's what I call a full answer!
I have noticed what you point out before and have wondered but never knew the explanation.
Your Mom could probably confuse and even frighten quite a few people with her e-mails...
Gordon, I found that really funny....breast implants?!
I am still waiting for my email from the future, telling me which Lottery numbers to pick!
Wow, that's weird. I just received an email from Ebay telling me that a buyer tried to open a claim. It was dated 21 months ago.
Spam keeps for a very long time, I think its one of the foods you can take into bomb shelters!
That was me. I tried to contact you 31 years ago, but I guess it didn't get through. Darn dial up!
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