[wp-hackers] Post dates older than 1.1.1970 - PHP issue

Lynne Pope lynne.pope at gmail.com
Thu Jul 16 02:04:52 UTC 2009

By then, we won't need WordPress as our blog posts will be getting beamed
straight from our thoughts through a subliminal wave pattern LOL.

29 years is more than a lifetime in technology.

2009/7/16 Dino Termini <dino at duechiacchiere.it>

> Does this mean that Wordpress will stop working in 2070? I mean, I won't be
> probably alive by that time, but just for curiosity... or even worse, in
> 2038 [1]?
> camu
> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem
> Lynne Pope ha scritto:
>> 2009/7/16 John Myrstad <john.ivar.myrstad at gmail.com>
>>> When using the Simili timeline in WordPress its not possible to have
>>> posts
>>> older than 1.1.1970. As I understand this is a PHP issue, but are there
>>> any
>>> workarounds or hacks that may remove the limit ? As I understand its done
>>> with MovableType or TextPattern.
>> It's not simply a PHP issue as MySQL, server apps, and operating systems
>> are
>> also designed to use the UNIX timestamp. The epoch date is 1st January
>> 1970
>> and all times are calculated as seconds elapsed since the epoch.
>> One way to get around this in a script is to calculate the required date
>> as
>> the number of seconds before the epoch and enter this as a negative value.
>> Here's a calculator that can give you the number:
>> http://www.unixtimestamp.com/index.php
>> I've never had any luck with using negative time in WordPress so if you
>> do,
>> please share!
>> Lynne

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