Today, Friday February 13, at 3:31 PM (PST), the UNIX time will read exactly 1234567890. So exacly what is all this excitement about UNIX being able to count to 10? Surely, the operating system that is slowly but steadily putting Microsoft out of business must be able to do that. Well, it’s actually the UNIX time stamp, and what has all of us nerds talking is really just the fact that the numbers have never lined up in sequence like this before.
So what the heck is this UNIX time anyhow? Well, simply put, it’s actually the exact number of seconds since the the Unix epoch. This was 00:00:00 UTC on January 1, 1970.
It is not a linear representation of time nor a true representation of UTC (though it is frequently mistaken for both) as the times it represents are UTC but it has no way of representing UTC leap seconds (e.g. 1998-12-31 23:59:60).