I'm guessing this issue is kernel-based, so chose this forum.
Up until recent kernel releases, the time of day was given in human-readable format in the logged messages during the boot process. For the last few upgrades, time has been given in "epoch" format, for example (from my dmesg):
[17179596.344000] EXT3 FS on hdb1, internal journal
[17179596.352000] EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
[17179597.496000] e100: eth1: e100_watchdog: link up, 100Mbps, full-duplex
Is there any way, short of recompiling the kernel, which is beyond my level of skill, to make the messages display readable time again? I have many times wanted to know when a certain event took place, mainly for troubleshooting. Now, though I suppose I could find a utility to convert epoch time to our normal system, it's no longer possible to glance at a line and see when this or that happened.
I posted on Ubuntu forums about this but never got an answer.