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SCUBA-L  November 1999, Week 2

SCUBA-L November 1999, Week 2

Subject:

Re: Carl's post about dates.

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Magnus Johnson <[log in to unmask]>

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Sun, 7 Nov 1999 12:59:52 +0100

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>
>I sniff here a wonderful example of the famous Y2K bug.
>Magnus's computer has the date 1956 on it.  Why?  Ask him.
>Carl's E-mail program can't handle anything before '70 and was patched
>(I presume) to mark any date before '70 as 12/31/69 and my e-mail
>program just takes the day and the month and adds '70 to it.
>
>Any comments?
>Magnus?
>
 
I've checked most of the computers that I could have used recently and they
all at least say 1999  . . . . but I think the default date (on Macs
anyway) for a computer that has a flat battery might be a particular day in
1956 . . or 1954.  I have seen this phenomenon before and am pretty sure
that its not Y2K . . . . However I always wondered whether it wouldn't have
just been easier if we all back dated our computers anyway to avoid the bug
. . . seems a lot simpler than spending billions on fixes, software and
hardware . . .
 
Magnus
 
 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 
Dr Magnus Johnson
Biology Department
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH
United Kingdom
 
Tel': 0116 2523397, 2523352
 
http://www.geocities.com/magnus_johnson/
ICQ: 52257332

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