y2k stuff

From: Daniel T. Burrows <dburrows_at_netpath.net>
Date: Mon Jan 4 18:26:43 1999

>What boggles the mind is that this is a problem at all. It seems hard to
>believe (in retrospect) that people really did deliberately build software
>with only 2 digit years. I know it saved a few bytes, and yes, I remember
>when a byte of memory was a significant amount, but still. How did
>programming practice come to be so short sighted as to assume that software
>infrastructure would be thrown out and replaced on a regular basis?
>Jim Strickland

What about OS8 (PDP8) that had a 3 bit year field. It has a Y2K issue every
8 years.

Received on Mon Jan 04 1999 - 18:26:43 GMT

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