What is the unix time stamp?
The unix time stamp is a way to
track time as a running total of seconds. This count starts at the Unix
Epoch on January 1st, 1970 at UTC. Therefore, the unix time stamp is merely the
number of seconds between a particular date and the Unix Epoch. It should also be pointed out
(thanks to the comments from visitors to this site) that this point in time technically does not
change no matter where you are located on the globe. This is very useful to computer systems for tracking and sorting dated information
in dynamic and distributed applications both online and client side.
|Human Readable Time
|1 Month (30.44 days)
|1 Year (365.24 days)
What happens on January 19, 2038?
On this date the Unix Time Stamp
will cease to work due to a 32-bit overflow. Before this moment millions of applications will need to either adopt a new convention for time stamps or be migrated to 64-bit systems which will buy the time stamp a "bit" more time.