The Largely Untold Story Of How One Guy In California Keeps The World’s Computers Running On The Right Time Zone. (Well, Sort Of)

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A good storyteller could argue that the fate of computers and the Internet as we know it is in the hands of one man and his team of time zone maintainers. Paul Eggert oversees the “time zone database” that Linux computers — which constitutes the majority of Internet server systems — pull their time zones from. While it doesn’t seem like much of a big deal, an error in the database would mean Y2K-levels of computing catastrophe as records become muddled overnight. Read full article here

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