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A timestamp is the current time of an event that is recorded by a computer. Through mechanisms such as the Network Time Protocol ( NTP ), a computer maintains accurate current time, calibrated to minute fractions of a second. Such precision makes it possible for networked computers and applications to communicate effectively. The timestamp mechanism is used for a wide variety of synchronization purposes, such as assigning a sequence order for a multi-event transaction so that if a failure occurs the transaction can be voided. Another way that a timestamp is used is to record time in relation to a particular starting point. In IP telephony , for example, the Real-time Transport Protocol ( RTP ) assigns sequential timestamps to voice packet s so that they can be buffer ed by the receiver, reassembled, and delivered without error. When writing a program, the programmer is usually provided an application program interface for a timestamp that the operating system can provide during program execution.

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im 13 and i have one of these on my school computer what is it used for is like tracking if you are opening programs is it pretty much your history but for programs instead of sights
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