[TUHS] OT: Grace Hopper, Unix epoch, ARPAnet converted to TCP/IP

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Mon Jan 1 10:15:19 AEST 2018

On Sun, 31 Dec 2017, Kurt H Maier wrote:

> I am confident ARPANET did not pin time to AEDT.  Even if you go by UTC 
> you've still got about fifteen minutes to wait for 1 JAN 2018.

So am I, but what reference *am* I supposed to use, FFS?  The USA is 
several zones behind UTC[*], and almost a whole day behind Australia 
(where I live).

My "on this day" policy is to use the local time if it can be narrowed to 
a particular zone where the event happened (and if it makes sense); if it 
was universal e.g. moon landings then I'll use UTC; otherwise I'll use the 
commonly-observed date e.g. the start/end of the world wars.

I'm open to suggestions (including FOAD, in which case I'll simply find 
something better to do).

A lingering gripe that explains my latent anti-Americanism goes back to 
when I had to support Uniplus 2.2/2.4 (sorta SysIII-ish) on the WICAT 
boxes in here in Australia.  At installation time, we had to express the 
time offset as hours *west* of GMT; this left me with a lingering belief 
that Americans didn't want to be perceived as being backwards (yeah. it 
saved an entire keystroke out of the dozens that were otherwise required).

Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."

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