[islandlabs] 01/10/10: Binary date.

Burns, William burns at cshl.edu
Sun Jan 10 14:40:01 EST 2010

Today's date in MMDDYY format is indeed "011010".
011010 in binary is 1A in hexadecimal, 32 in octal, 26 in decimal.
There are 26 letters in our alphabet, so you could say that it represents the letter "Z"
That's why ASCII 26 is somtimes referred to as "control-Z" (^Z).
ASCII 26 is the "substitute" character (SUB).
UNIX: Process-suspend
DOS: End-of-File / End-of-User-Input
Today could be 'Z' day, Suspend Day, and/or End of File Day!
The date for tomorrow in MMDDYY format is 011110.
That's 0x1e octal: 36 dec: 30, ASCII 30 is the "record separator" character (RS).
"record separator day" doesn't have much of a ring to it.
The date for today in YYMMDD format is 100110.
That's 0x26 octal: 46 dec: 38 ascii 'F'  (Fail day?)
The date for tomorrow in YYMMDD format is 100111.
That's 0x27 octal: 47 dec: 39 ascii 'G'

From: John J Kane [mailto:johnj.kane at gmail.com]
Sent: Sun 1/10/2010 11:56 AM
To: Burns, William
Subject: 01/10/10: Binary date.

Hey Bill,

Today is January 10th, 2010.  That's also 01/10/10.  Isn't that very binary?  Does it mean anything in binary notation?  


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