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SCUBA-L  November 1999, Week 2

SCUBA-L November 1999, Week 2

Subject:

Re: Carl's post about dates.

From:

Kuty <[log in to unmask]>

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Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 9 Nov 1999 15:43:19 -0100

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At 07:23 09/11/99 -0500, Feesh wrote:
 
>Kuty:
>>No, of course not.  This is just like the fact that the old
>>DOS version on PC's had the 1/1/80 as the default date.
>
>Waddaya mean "old DOS version on PC's"?   It's the earliest
>date on the Time/Date function of the latest Windows now!
 
Wow.  I used to see it every time I booted those old PC's with a DOS
diskette.  I didn't know that old Bill kept it on the new software too :-)
 
>I was going to FAKE a date of 1956 by rolling the year back
>before sending a post to Scuba-L.
>But the year went backwards in the sequence ... 1981, 1980,
>2999, 2998, ...
>followed by the error bomb that required a re-boot.  ;-)
 
Well, you proved that the Windows software is not -
        Y1979 and earlier, compliant
        Y3K compliant
        Inverted time axis compliant  :-)
 
>Eudora (Qualcomm which made me a BIG BUNDLE while I was in
>Paris <G>) apparently had it's own fixes that are different.
 
Right.  My version of Eudora kept the day and the month and set the year to
1970.
 
>It's the BUSINESS programmers who make a mess of SIMPLE
>things.   It makes sense for THEM ... If they did it
>right the first time, then we wouldn't have wasted billions
>and billions of dollars hiring other idiots to fix the Y2K
>nonsense.  :-)
 
No, no, you got it all wrong.  We hired the same idiots.  Didn't you see
those ads, looking for COBOL programmers, one two or three years ago? :-)
 
>Those programmers built FUTURE jobs (for themselves and
>their children) into everything they mangle.  :-)
 
Ahah!  You hit the nail right on the head.  Now, can you understand why
they did it?  They were just preparing for their own future :-)
 
 
Regards,
 
                   Kuty

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