y2k stuff

From: Andrew Davie <adavie_at_mad.scientist.com>
Date: Mon Jan 4 18:39:13 1999

> What I wonder is why people didn't just store the date as decimal in those
> two bytes. You can go up to the year 65535 that way. I'm positive there
> were good reasons for not doing that as well. Its easy for us to look
> back and scoff at our forebearer programmers.

I am not knowledegable in this area, but I would suggest that 2 BCD digits
(0-9) encoded in a single byte would possibly be the reason. 1 byte is
better than 2 :)
Received on Mon Jan 04 1999 - 18:39:13 GMT

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