April 9 Kills Cash machines in Hong Kong, Gvmt says not Y2K

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Well Well Well, They say it didn't happen,

I did not have Y2K problems with that Machine..... Bankinginski.....

Here is a story from the South China Morning Post

http://www.scmp.com/news/template/Front-Template.idc?artid=19990409013733049&top=front&template=Default.htx&maxfieldsize=1871 _______________________________ Friday April 9 1999

Y2K chaos denied after cash machines crash

CYNTHIA WAN All HSBC and Hang Seng cash machines went out of action for half an hour yesterday, the second such failure in two days.

On Wednesday, the 900 automatic teller machines shut down for five minutes.

But HSBC denied the shutdowns - between 10.50am and 11.15am yesterday and at 1.05pm on Wednesday - were connected to a chain of millennium bug dates, the first of which is today, as computer clocks grapple with the 99th day of 1999.

"It's definitely not related to Y2K," said an HSBC spokeswoman, blaming a software glitch, which was being investigated. Simulation tests of today's date had been conducted to ensure smooth operation, she added.

The Government Information Services Department news service computer was also struck down yesterday for more than three hours but a spokesman said: "The problem had nothing to do with the Y2K issue."

Computer experts from the Government and the central clearing system were on stand-by throughout last night to watch for any computer chaos today.

Experts fear a bug called Juliant may hit programs where today's date is recorded as the 99th day of 1999.

"Special procedures will be taken tonight to check equipment and components to ensure the systems are OK," a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Clearing House said last night.

Technical teams at the Information Technology Services Department, Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and Office of the Telecommunications Authority have been on standby since last night.

Sin Chung-kai, Democratic Party lawmaker and chairman of the Legco information technology and broadcasting panel, said computer glitches caused by the Juliant bug would be limited. "The impact will not be as widespread as the Y2K bug."

Several key dates have been identified as high-risk with April 9 being the first and August 22 the next to follow.

-- helium (heliumavid@yahoo.com), April 09, 1999



Oh, brother!

The "Juliant bug"???

Call it anything, anything, anything at all!!!!

Just puh---leeeeeeeze don't call it 'Y2K'!

They're kidding right?

A system problem by any other name will.....

-- tex (smelltheroses@ranch.com), April 09, 1999.

Interesting that the denial that it was a y2k bug *preceded* the investigation to see what caused the problem. No doubt this means that if it turns out *not* to be a y2k bug, we can never believe it. And if it *is* a y2k bug, the investigators will never be allowed to say so. Another case where we can suspect all we want, and never get beyond suspicion.

-- Flint (flintc@mindspring.com), April 09, 1999.

If the crashes occurred on Wed. (4/7/1999) and Thurs. (4/8/1999) how can you blame it in the 4/9/99 date. Computer problems occur and are dealt with by the people hired to do so. Are you going to blame every failure from now until forever on Y2k. Besides I do not see half hour outages as TEOTWAWKI.

-- ???? (????@?.?), April 09, 1999.

??? could be right. Unless the half-hour outage happens in a Russian missile silo.

-- Gearhead (2plus2@motown2.com), April 09, 1999.


How is this any different than the possibility of a computer, in a Russian or US missle silo, failure for any other reason occuring right nbow. Do you think that safe guards are not installed in systems of such a high degree of potential impact?

-- ???? (????@?.?), April 09, 1999.

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-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), April 09, 1999.

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