I’ve been working on a project to fake some network protocols to test one of our systems at work. One of them is Network Time Protocol. I daren’t just set my PC to random years and then serve this time to the target system, so I wrote a little NTP server in Perl, which allows me to lie about time to other people. I just set time back to Friday 12 September 1941, switched to my news reader, and the first item from BBC news was an alert from the War Department that there’s a fresh wave of V1s coming over the Kent coast.
Tomorrow, I’m going to set time forward by a decade, to see if I’ve got a better job yet.