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There have been many questions around why the Amiga clock resets to 1978 and here is the answer from David John Pleasance which was the CEO of Commodore UK and was just zeroes away from getting the Amiga rights back in the days:

Like most computer calendars, the AmigaOS date is stored as the elaspsed time from an arbirtary date. So the date stored throughout AmigaOS is the number of seconds elapsed since 12:00 am, January 1, 1978. Why that date? Probably some standard set in the TriPos OS that influenced AmigaOS. So on an Amiga date function, a zero would be that Jan 1 1978 date.”

Source:
David John Pleasance

 


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