What is Palm Day?

Time until Palm Day…

When Palm OS was first developed in the mid-’90s, its creators clearly didn’t expect anyone to use it forever. For a device that sold itself on its date-keeping capabilities, the internal system date and time is surprisingly limited, and in fact is running out “soon”. Borrowing the standard used in contemporary operating systems like Mac OS, Palm’s calendar begins in 1901 and adds time until it reaches the largest number it can compute.

The final date? 23:59, 12/31/2031.

When this date is reached, all standard Palm clocks will be frozen, unable to tick one second more. It’s not all doomsday, though. Palm OS itself doesn’t particularly care about the date, and most apps will continue to work just fine. But Palm Day will mark the end of an era nonetheless.

Palm helped kickstart the smartphone revolution that changed the way humans live and communicate forever… and it all began with a simple calendar.