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Anybody else freaking over Date & Time today?
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Jan 4, 2001, 02:34 AM
 
You know you've been using Macs too long when you click on the menubar clock, see the date as "01/04/01" and immediately think your PRAM has been reset....I literally almost restarted with Command-Option-P-R before I realized wht day it is!

God help us when January 1, 2004 hits.... :-]

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Jan 4, 2001, 03:31 AM
 
Heh, that's pretty funny. Good thing you didn't run to Radio Shack to get a new battery ;-)
     
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Jan 4, 2001, 10:37 AM
 
I never even though of that. The real y2k for Mac users in 2004

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Jan 4, 2001, 12:42 PM
 
Ok, I'll take the bait. What's so weird about 01/01/04 anyway?

What killed me were the "millennium" t-shirts that had 01/01/00 on them. Let's see, the first month, first day, tenth year? I guess they (whoever "they" were) just wanted to make money, and figured that would sell better last year than 01/01/01 would this year.
Ya gotta applaud those bunnies for sacrificing their hearing just so some guy in Yonkers can have better TV reception.
     
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Jan 4, 2001, 12:53 PM
 


so silly. i remember reading the explanation for the date, but now i can't remember it. someone must, though...


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Jan 4, 2001, 02:28 PM
 
for the detailed description:
http://developer.apple.com/techpubs/...ml#HEADING94-0

Essentially, 1/1/04 was chosen because it was a convenient time to start counting from since 1900 wasn't a leap year. There's a better explanation out there somewhere, but I can't find it at the moment.

If you pull the battery out of a Mac (or if the PRAM goes bad), the date will reset to 1/1/04, or in some of the Macs I've owned, 8/27/56 (why, I don't know).
     
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Jan 4, 2001, 03:09 PM
 
set your date to jan 1 2004, see if anything happens its all bullsh!t
     
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Jan 4, 2001, 03:12 PM
 
The older Macs revert to the older dates because of the smaller number of bits used for storing dates. Those Macs will count correctly form that date, to sometime in 2040. The newer Macs will count from 1/1/04 to sometime in the 29000 block.

Greeg, tell me that you really have never ever seen your date set back to 1/1/04 when the battery was dying. I can't beleive that. Especially being so active on TechSurvivors.

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Jan 4, 2001, 05:52 PM
 
Nope, never seen (saw?) 1/1/04 on my Macs. I've only replaced one battery, and did it because I noticed the time was off. My G3, purchased in 1998, still has the original battery. Maybe its time is short. But, I have PRAM Battery Checker installed, so it should warn me ahead of time.

[This message has been edited by Gregg (edited 01-04-2001).]
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Jan 4, 2001, 08:20 PM
 
I thought I read somewhere that 8/27/56 was either Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak's birthdate.
     
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Jan 6, 2001, 02:43 AM
 
Woz was born in 1950 and Steve in 1955.
     
   
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