Earlier this year the time was 1234567890 - if you’re a computer running Linux, that is. If you happen to be a real person, though, that particular moment passed without too much interest. Well, here’s your chance to get even. As I post this, the time is 12:34:56 07/08/09.
By the way, you DO know the correct day / month / year ordering for your country, right? Yes, there is indeed a format officially recognized as correct, but unfortunately, it changes by country. The United States uses M/dd/yyyy, while Canada and the UK use dd/MM/yyyy (much more logical!). For your country, just go to Region and Language in Control Panel, choose a country, and note the short date format. If you’re trying to avoid confusion, though, you’d be best to use yyyy/MM/dd as your format. If anyone gives you any grief, just mention you feel it’s very important to follow the recommendations put forth by the International Organization for Standardization and you are doing your best to follow ISO 8601. By the way, this is often a great choice for giving dates as strings to computer programs – it works much more reliably than anything else (where supported).
Wish everyone would just get their act together and be consistent? You might get your wish sooner than you think! Just hang on a couple years. Soon, it will be 11:11:11 11/11/11.