Has anybody considered...

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Has anybody considered that some foreign countries are on a different calender than the US is? That may mean that foreign computer manufacturers have programmed their date stamp in their systems rather than our date standard, which means that their systems won't have to worry if the date is 1900 or 2000! Woe unto us if this is true!

-- Andrew Dayton (a.dayton@csuohih.edu), August 26, 1998


Good question, like the arabic calender is in the 1400's i think and the chinesse calender is in like 12,000 year, but unforchantly about 99.99% of all computers are made with the good old USA programing, as well as the hardware. every one has followed us.

-- ron (mongo@earthling.net), August 26, 1998.

This has come up before. The software uses our calendar but adjusts for the country's calendar. The problem remains the same.

-- Pastor Chris (pastorchris@lifetel.com), August 26, 1998.

I agree with Pastor Chris on this. In fact, the problem may be more severe for those countries (short term) because they believe they have nothing to worry about, and are taking little action to prepare. It is possible that the repair work may be easier for them since they probably have some standard subroutines for adding a constant value to the date supplied by the operating system, and would have to add an extra hundred years in certain cases. <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>.....

-- Dan Hunt (dhunt@hostscorp.com), August 29, 1998.

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