Did anyone else get just a wee zing of excitement at 11.30pm (GMT) last night? I will admit to raising my glass and downing a large Jim Beam Black in order to celebrate the fact that UNIX Time had hit 123 billion seconds. OK, so I am a geek, what can I say?

Other than, perhaps, I was most certainly not alone. Indeed, UNIX Epoch Time parties were springing up all over the planet, it would seem, in order to celebrate that milestone. What bloody milestone you might be wondering, and the answer is also a little geeky. You see Epoch Time started on January 1st 1971, at 00:00:00 of course.

Which means that at precisely 6:31:30 Eastern the UNIX Epoch time ticked over to 1234567890, which is enough to get any geek just a little excited.

Although not as excited as they might be come the year 2038 when 32-bit format UNIX Time will effectively expire courtesy of the UNIX Millennium Bug. Unless, of course, everyone gets updated to 64-bit systems before then in which case you will not have to worry about the end of Epoch Time as we know it for nearly 300 billion years or so.

I think that calls for another drink...

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As Editorial Director and Managing Analyst with IT Security Thing I am putting more than two decades of consulting experience into providing opinionated insight regarding the security threat landscape for IT security professionals. As an Editorial Fellow with Dennis Publishing, I bring more than two decades of writing experience across the technology industry into publications such as Alphr, IT Pro and (in good old fashioned print) PC Pro. I also write for SC Magazine UK and Infosecurity, as well as The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Along the way I have been honoured with a Technology Journalist of the Year award, and three Information Security Journalist of the Year awards. Most humbling, though, was the Enigma Award for 'lifetime contribution to IT security journalism' bestowed on me in 2011.