In sixteen minutes -- at
Sat Jan 10 05:37:04 2004 PST, or Sat Jan 10 13:37:04 2004 GMT --time_t will be a 31 bit quantity. That is, the number of seconds since the Unix Epoch (Thu Jan 1 00:00:00 1970 GMT)will be 2^30.
1073741824 decimal 40000000 hex 10000000000 octal 1000000000000000000000000000000 binary
And just think, you were there.
perl -e 'print localtime(2**30) . "\n"'
perl -e 'printf "%b\n", time'
So, there you go. Most non-unix-geeks will probably just be sitting there, staring at the screen, wondering what I'm going on about. Don't worry about it - it's trivia so stupid even most unix geeks won't care.