decoding Active Directory date format

ldapsearch -v -H ldap://<server> -x -D cn=<johndoe>,cn=<users>,dc=<ourdomain>,dc=<tld> -w<secret> -b ou=<lazystaff>,dc=<ourdomain>,dc=<tld> -s sub sAMAccountName=* '*' | perl -pne 's/(\d{11})\d{7}/"DATE-AD(".scalar(localtime($1-11644473600)).")"/e'
When Ldapsearch queries an Active directory server, all the dates are shown using a timestamp of 18 digits. This perl regexp decodes them in a more human friendly notation. 11644473600 corresponds to some microsoft epoch.
Sample Output
badPasswordTime: DATE-AD(Mon Apr  6 20:53:42 2009)
lastLogon: DATE-AD(Mon Apr  6 20:55:07 2009)
pwdLastSet: DATE-AD(Tue Mar 24 12:53:42 2009)
accountExpires: DATE-AD(Sun Nov  1 00:00:00 2009)

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By: flux
2009-04-22 00:57:34

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