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Old 09-29-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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amusing Pidgin bug

My Pidgin, version 2.5.9, says a certain person on my friends list has been idle for 14,517 days, 3 hours and ten minutes. Since she's twenty-two and since the Linux kernel was invented circa 1994 (if I recall), I find it unlikely that she has left Pidgin on but unused for nearly forty years (14517 divided by 365).

Oh...I'll bet I know why it says that. From time to time over the years, I have seen the creation date or last-modified date of files get messed up, for various causes; for some reason, the incorrect date that those files give is usually or always in the year 1969. Possibly a file containing the last date and time my friend used Pidgin got its last-modified date set to 1969--that's roughly the amount of time Pidgin says she has been idle.

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Old 09-29-2009, 11:17 PM   #2
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:20 PM   #3
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I could, but it might be incorrect information in my files, not a Pidgin bug after all.
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That it allows you to have incorrect information in your files could be the bug.

The date you reference is called the epoch date. Stored as the number of seconds since 1/1/1970. Although 0 is 12/31/1969 and probably the last second of that day. It was quite popular back in the day because MS SQL Server stored all dates that were uninitialized as this date. And certain functions and the likes returned this date. And the clock on your PC probably still uses that date, which flips in 2038. You'd better upgrade your computer before then. If/when they finally make one without that issue.
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