posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 03:47 PM
reply to post by [davinci]
I suppose the post above yours is too lengthy to be read. In short, computers commonly use a single number to represent time; if for any reason at all
this number (called a timestamp) is missing, it will show December 31st, 1969 or January 1st, 1970, depending on your timezone.
The conclusion to make when seeing such a date is that the timestamp is missing. There are many reasons for a timestamp to be missing; the software
may simple have a bug, or may try to read files written by an incompatible version, etc.
The date itself has nothing to do with the origin of the email, other than that it has no timestamp.
I'm sorry for the down-to-earth explanation, but I work with timestamps on a regular basis, and this date immediately rings a - well, a gong.
What I personally believe is going on, is even more boring..
Since the email can't be deleted as easily as normal emails, I bet it's not an email at all - just a big bug in the iPhone email app, in which it
accidentally creates a record for an email which doesn't exist. Whilst trying to display this non-existent email, it subsequently shows up without
any attributes (sender, timestamp, body content). Mistakes like this are quite common, but usually phased out in the development stage ..
If there's any mysterious force at play here, it's the force that makes so many ICT companies release their products before the development stage is
properly completed. Call it corporate greed, call it extreme capitalism.. call it lucrative stupidity.