Why has'nt this happen beforegreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
How come this problem never showed up before. Example. Russia during the cold war has KGB programmers put in worng information.Would'nt this be just about the same.
-- Steve M (email@example.com), July 15, 1998
Actually, it did. In the 1960s, the Navy had a program that used a *one* digit date field. In 1970, the date rolled over and the program died.
-- Larry Kollar (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 15, 1998.
Yes indeed, it has happened before. As a new COBOL programmer working for GE in Daytona Beach, Florida in the late 60's, I remember being given an assignment to convert a 80 column card file to tape in order to eliminate several 5 digit date fields which only allowed one digit for the year!
-- Frank G. Whittemore (email@example.com), July 19, 1998.