Real Y2k failures over the weekendgreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Heres an article from the Washington Post on some actual problems experienced over the weekend:
"Gov't Reports 2 Minor Y2K Failures By Ted Bridis Associated Press Writer Friday, Oct. 1, 1999; 6:58 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON The Energy Department and National Science Foundation suffered minor computer failures blamed on the Year 2000 technology problem on Friday, the first day of the government's new fiscal year.
Both problems were solved by the end of the day, according to the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion, which planned to monitor agencies through the weekend for additional reports of problems.
"We thought we might have a handful of issues come up," said Jack Gribben, a spokesman for the council.
The Energy Department reported that a purchasing system temporarily failed, and the science foundation reported problems with a system that provides information to grant recipients.
The date system for many federal computers on Friday rolled to 2000 to mark the beginning of the government's fiscal year, offering an early taste of how the nation's computer systems may fare in the early hours of Jan. 1.
The so-called Y2K problem exists because many older computers and software programs recognize only the last two digits of the year and could mistakenly interpret "00" as 1900.
Nearly all states and many companies started their fiscal years in July. Few problems were reported then.
Though Friday was the first government-wide date challenge related to Y2K, there have been other tests in recent months: A date change in a satellite navigation system caused some failures, including problems in Japan, where thousand of drivers complained about the loss of their mapping computers.
Last month, Sept. 9 passed with no reports of serious problems, amid concerns that some older computers might interpret "9999" as a command to stop operating."
) Copyright 1999 The Associated Press
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"The so-called Y2K problem exists because many older computers and software programs recognize only the last two digits of the year and could mistakenly interpret '00' as 1900."
If there is one constant in this whole mess, it will be that this paragraph will HAVE to appear in EVERY !@#$%^& news story until at least 2006.
-- I'm Here, I'm There (I'm Everywhere@so.beware), October 04, 1999.
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The article is also at this link:
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Damn I just missed TEOTWAWKI then. Look at all the Jo Anne effect style crashes from two problems. Glad I stocked up on 10 years of food water and guns.
-- MrWayCool (email@example.com), October 04, 1999.