Is TSR really that old?

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Didn't know TSR existed even during the Cold War where barely anyone had access to a computer, **** for a website that old it is doing well. Ah wish I could have been alive in the 1970s to see what kind of stuff TSRians were posting

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But seriously what's going on
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That's the default zero date for when the date value bugs out.

It's been around since 2000 I think. Used to be called uk-learning.co.uk
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It doesn't go back as far as the 1970s, of course, but it is older than current GCSE students.
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This is a bug. The forum uses something called the Unix timestamp for posts on forums. The Unix timestamp works by counting in seconds from Jan 01 - 1970. For example 8:27pm on 14/05/2019 is 1557865677 seconds after Jan 1st 1970 so that is the Unix timestamp which would be provided to a post to give it the correct timestamp for us to read.

However sometimes this Unix timestamp is lost or bugs and the value ends up as null. So the time on the post will show as 01-01-1970

In case you wanted the technical reason for it :moon:
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TSR is acc a time travel machine. Didn't you know?
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The site doesn't look that old.
Did it get updated or was it like this from the get go? It's impressive if it started out like this.
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The site doesn't look that old.
Did it get updated or was it like this from the get go? It's impressive if it started out like this.
I bet the people using this site in the 1970s would have been like "Ha ha, we are the only ones with the internet across the entire world, we are superior, we are invincible!"
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(Original post by 8472)
This is a bug. The forum using something called the Unix timestamp for posts on forums. The Unix timestamp works by counting in seconds from Jan 01 - 1970. For example 8:27pm on 14/05/2019 is 1557865677 seconds after Jan 1st 1970 so that is the Unix timestamp which would be provided to a post to give it the correct timestamp for us to read.

However sometimes this Unix timestamp is lost or bugs and the value ends up as null. So the time on the post will show as 01-01-1970

In case you wanted the technical reason for it :moon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6l8MFdTaPE
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The 1970's?

Ah yes.. back in my day, where we had to send our thread replies via Raven.
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TSR was founded just after the Second World War by two ex-POWs called Ginger White and Chalky Green. they had both been students at Oxford when war interrupted their studies. they met in Colditz castle where they whiled away the long cold Silesian nights by planning a spiffing new way of bringing students together using the telephone.
they also arranged educational activities for the other prisoners and their popular weekly quiz was to develop into the phenomenally succesful series University Challenge after the war.
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(Original post by SlideshowBob)
The site doesn't look that old.
Did it get updated or was it like this from the get go? It's impressive if it started out like this.
It's seen many "improvements" :yes:
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TSR was founded just after the Second World War by two ex-POWs called Ginger White and Chalky Green. they had both been students at Oxford when war interrupted their studies. they met in Colditz castle where they whiled away the long cold Silesian nights by planning a spiffing new way of bringing students together using the telephone.
they also arranged educational activities for the other prisoners and their popular weekly quiz was to develop into the phenomenally succesful series University Challenge after the war.
Also to prevent German spies from infiltrating Oxford (and later Cambridge) the duo made up fake radio broadcasts stating you needed 100 'Distinctions' in your 'School Certificate' exam and later the O-Levels to even stand a chance. These rumours still haunt TSR to this day.
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i woulda been a slave back then
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(Original post by CTLeafez)
Also to prevent German spies from infiltrating Oxford (and later Cambridge) the duo made up fake radio broadcasts stating you needed 100 'Distinctions' in your 'School Certificate' exam and later the O-Levels to even stand a chance. These rumours still haunt TSR to this day.
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the prisoners at Colditz would draw pictures of themselves using burnt potato peel and ask the Commandant to rate them out of 10.
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the original TSR headquarters was a fairly modest set up; a group of draughty wooden fishermens' huts at the end of the promenade at Shoreham.
here we can see the very first iteration of TSRJessica wearing her smart uniform. the equipment on the desk in front of her is for receiving student messages in clear.
garbled messages ( often sent late at night ) were decrypted in the adjacent hut 9.

https://live.staticflickr.com/4065/5...3ecaf590_b.jpg
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from the outset the staff at TSR Headquarters were encouraged to listen to music as they worked. On the left of the picture is an early parlophone™ with a 78rpm disc of Benga and Coki's very first hit.

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from the outset the staff at TSR Headquarters were encouraged to listen to music as they worked. On the left of the picture is an early parlophone™ with a 78rpm disc of Benga and Coki's very first hit.

https://live.staticflickr.com/4065/5...3ecaf590_b.jpg
And incidentally, their last. :teehee:
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(Original post by 04MR17)
And incidentally, their last. :teehee:
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That's 1 hour after the unix epoch. Not sure how it's got to 01:00 though, pretty cool
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