E-mail from 12/31/1969 ??

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  1. goldrush28

    goldrush28 Well-Known Member
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    For the last week or so I've been getting e-mails dated 12/31/1969. There is no subject or body to message, just a blank e-mail. I just delete them. Anyone else having this happen ? Thanks
     

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  2. eclipsed4utoo

    eclipsed4utoo Well-Known Member
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    I get emails like that from Ebay.
     
  3. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Well-Known Member
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    That's impossible. The microprocessor wasn't even invented until 1971.

    Unless you are a fan of LOST. Then, anything is possible! :eek:

    5 more days until LOST goodness! Woo hoo!!
     
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  4. potatolover1102

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    I get from ebay too! I keep deleting it and then it comes back every few days! How weird!
     
  5. Humpa

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    I imagine you guys know this, but if the date is a zero (or blank, which is null or zero), then that correlates to midnight on 12/31/1969 (or 0:00am on 1/1/1970, depending on the programmer).
    ... the time that it is right now is the number of seconds that have elapsed since then. Apparently the world began on that date and we just didn't know it. :D
     
  6. Gunner

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    It's the DHARMA Initiative trying to contact you.
     
  7. goldrush28

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    That explains the date-if it was blank like the rest of the e-mail that"s where the 12/31/1969 came from- I still can't figure out where the mail cme from in the first place. It's only on my droid, not on my desktop. Very strange.
     
  8. vincentp

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    Nice job Doc.
     
  9. Techdroid

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    I have seen it too. I don't know what it is.
     
  10. chippy

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    Its jesus.
     
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  11. tebower

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    Or Austin Powers. He can travel thru time with that VW Beetle, right?
     
  12. Unclebill

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    Mine come with 12/31/09 date.
    Me thinks my Droid is still celebrating New Year's Eve.
     
  13. wohn

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    Its a problem with andorid reading the headers incorrectly, here is a copy of my header, all other clients read it correctly but not the droid, Ill try another email app.

    Return-Path: system@xxx.com
    Received: from john ([192.168.1.6])
    by mail.xxx.net
    ; Sun, 25 Apr 2010 00:48:11 -0400
    Message-ID: <AEB9C18D-EFB1-4F3F-977C-1A14008AE85F@mail.xxx.net>
    From: System<system@xxx.com>
    To: john@xxx.com, xxx@gmail.com
    Subject: UPS Notification System
    Mime-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii



    I think the semicolon is throwing it off, you shoud check your headers and see if there is a weird char before the date, that seems to be the cause.
     
  14. SSinisterSS

    SSinisterSS Well-Known Member
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    droid does time travel
     
  15. rocksthaman

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    Y2K!!...time to start hoarding the water:D
     
  16. jenli

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    midnight 1-1-1970 is unix epoch start datetime.

    this is the legacy of android, going all the way
    back to Bell Labs.
     
  17. esmith818

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    This happened to me after a recent crash forced me to remove the battery and restart the phone. When it restarted, the date had "reset" to the epoch start as explained in the previous post. Going into the phone's date & time settings and manually correcting my options solved all my problems. Hopefully the original poster figured out the problem before now, but perhaps this will help the next person who has this problem. ;)
     
  18. mudwoman

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    I just started getting this a few days ago. Six messages at once, dated 12/31/69. Only shows up on my droid, and not on the server for the same email. I tried forwarding it to myself at another email address to see if any headers would give me clues, but that was not helpful. Does not show the 12/31/69 date in the forwarded one. I'm getting tired of selecting and deleting these on my phone! WTF?
     
  19. goldrush28

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    I started this thread (regretably) almost a year ago. Since then I've received that e-mail 6-8 times. No big deal, just delete it. Humpa had the answer to the cause. Nothing to tear your hair out over.
     
  20. Frisco

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    I think it's a great Lounge thread.

    Just the title alone. :D

    I think I'll move it to there.
     
  21. jamner

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    I get lots of email from different domains; but the 12/31/1969 glitch only shows up on my droid from one person. rather annoying when the "new" message is all the way at the bottom of the list.
     
  22. pdext

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    Apparently, Unix which is a popular operating system on most servers, workstations and mobile devices, launched on January 1, 1970. So, there is a DEFAULT date of December 31, 1969. Blackberry gets more specific. Press and hold ALT, then while holding press: "l" then "g" then "l" then "g". This will take you to the "logs" screen. Clear all your logs and you will see only 2 logs left. One of them with a present time and date, and the other one will read a date and time of: December 31, 1969 @ 19:00 hrs. Why there are blank Emails reading December 31, 1969 is a mystery. Maybe there's a hidden message that Androids will go extinct in the near future. Just a guess....
     
  23. Bob Maxey

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    Google "email dates 12/31/1969" because there are lots of people seeing these types of messages with that date. Apparently, you cant delete them permanently.
     
  24. starxpilot

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    Messages like those always end up in my Spam folder. One click trash.
     
  25. BabyBlues

    BabyBlues Trouble Just Finds Me!
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    I get this date on my SD card sometimes. I then have to troll around and figure out what is screwed up and delete it. Then power off, then it's fixed.
     

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