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Check out Cookie Cast

UPD: Site disappeared. Shame, it was a pretty cool idea.

2038 BUG

The year of 2038 poses a great threat to the computer world, today.

A new bug called the 2038 bug or the Friday 13th Bug has appeared, it is similar to the Y2K bug , but this time the possible disaster will occur in the year 2038. O_o

The year-2038 bug is similar to the Y2K bug in that it involves a time wrap not handled by programmers. In the case of Y2K, many older machines did not store the century digits of dates, hence the year 2000 and the year 1900 would appear the same.
Of course we now know that the prevalence of computers that would fail because of this error was greatly exaggerated by the media. Computer scientists were generally aware that most machines would continue operating as usual through the century turnover, with the worst result being an incorrect date. This prediction withstood through to the new millennium. Effected systems were tested and corrected in time, although the correction and verification of those systems was monumentally expensive.

There are however several other problems with date handling on machines in the world today. Some are less prevalent than others, but it is true that almost all computers suffer from one critical limitation. Most programs use Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to work out their dates. Simply, UTC is the number of seconds elapsed since Jan 1 1970. A recent milestone was Sep 9 2001, where this value wrapped from 999'999'999 seconds to 1'000'000'000 seconds. Very few programs anywhere store time as a 9 digit number, and therefore this was not a problem.

Modern computers use a standard 4 byte integer for this second count. This is 31 bits, storing a value of 231. The remaining bit is the sign. This means that when the second count reaches 2147483647, it will wrap to -2147483648.

The precise date of this occurrence is Tue Jan 19 03:14:07 2038. At this time, a machine prone to this bug will show the time Fri Dec 13 20:45:52 1901, hence it is possible that the media will call this The Friday 13th Bug.

See the official 2038 Bug Site.

Free TV Anyone?

Would you like a free TV? I'm not joking, click the link and see for yourself! If you have half a brain at least. ;)

Need some free file-space? Look for file hosting on Google! You can host almost all kinds of files and bandwidth is unlimited as well. I'd offer you our own file-hosting service here at CyberD but the competition kicked us out of business. Or rather, there was no need for us to keep going with all the other great places around. You're probably wondering what this seemingly random chunk of text is doing under that interesting notice of a free TV. This chunk of text is here because I used to offer free file hosting here at CyberD, but the service closed down a while back and thus some content of this post had to be modified, more precisely, the advert for out free file hosting service. Go Google!

Also, have a nice day!

Awesomestart

A new revolutionizing service has arrived! A personal start page, and the only one of its kind so far! It's still pretty new. :P

Awsomestart offers a new way of easily creating and customizing a personal start page. Just select a theme, add links, edit preferences and set it as your start page! There are a bunch of great themes to choose from, neatly organized in music, movies, etcetera... and more are being added all the time! The layout is simple and then it uses Google search as well.

A start page is the first thing that pops up when you open up your browser. Usually people use their favorite sites and ones they visit often as start pages or a search engine. Using Awsomestart you will easily be able to navigate and search the web directly from the start page and also add links to the sites that you visit frequently. It's a great service, its fast, free and easy!

I used to use all kinds of sites as start pages before and I browsed through the web in boredom, but now that I found awsomestart.com my life has changed! I have found the true path! I can browse through the Internet in harmony and peace! Awsomestart.com, changing your life...

My tribute to promoting Awsomestart, sounds like a shampoo commercial.

The only negative aspects of Awesomestart is the long domain name and my crappy spelling (I forget the e in awesome).

Emails 34th Birthday

In October 1971, an engineer named Ray Tomlinson chose the '@' symbol for email addresses and wrote software to send the first network email. We all wish email a happy 34th Birthday! ;)

I've written tons of articles about emails now too... was inspired. You'll find them in the library! :)

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