Gas Bill has 12/31/99 due date. Not normal.greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
I know this wont register as much with most of you but I just got my electric bill from LIPA (Long Island Power Authority). Normally we get them this week and they are ALWAYS due NEXT MONTH. They are never due the same month. Typically you would get a bill on October 10th which would be due on November 5th. The bill came in today and is due on 12/31/99.
In all the years I have been billed by our electric company we have never been told the due date was before the end of the month and the date 12/31/99 just makes me wonder if they are afraid of waiting for the normal date which would be 1/4/2000 or 1/5/2000.
-- hamster (email@example.com), December 10, 1999
Sorry, title says "Gas" but should say "Electric". Its signficant because LIPA does our electric and Brooklyn Union does our gas. Wonder what the gas bill will look like.
-- hamster (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 10, 1999.
How ya' doin' Hamster? thanks for keeping your eyes open, as usual. Now, why are you wondering,wouldn't you be worried if you were them?
on de rock
-- Walter (on de email@example.com), December 10, 1999.
They did that because...it is the end of the "System"??? Or bill you for 100 years of no payment???
-- gotgas (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 10, 1999.
Virginia Power does not acknowledge my Nov payment. Bank confirms the check was cashed last month, but VA Power said today "It's not in our computer". My water bill earlier this month was more than double! They say my toilet must have leaked an extra 60 bucks worth, and I just didn't realize it. Go figure?
-- Hokie (email@example.com), December 10, 1999.
One technique for dealing with possible issues that I have never seen discussed is to just close the books as of 12/31/99 & then start up with fresh, empty files as of 1/1/00. As long as the going forward system doesn't need to look into the past from 1/1/00 & forward, then the system (Y2K compliant or not) will (possibly) be just fine.
Look at it as load balancing... banks do it all the time. Wouldn't be physically possible for all statements to be run on the last day of the month... so statement closing dates are all over the place.
So that's possibly what the LIPA is doing.
-- David Eddy (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 10, 1999.
I am looking at my Virginia Power bill...Seems OK. No problem with November payment. Even says "Next Bill Date Jan 04 00". Sure hope this is a good sign.
-- Drew (email@example.com), December 10, 1999.
Called PECO (Philadelphia Electric) yesterday for service. They couldn't help me because their computers were down. Said to call back after 3:30pm. Then 6:30. Then tomorrow.
I asked the woman if the computers went down a lot. She said,"No, this is the first time."
I called today and the computers were back up.
Take it for what it's worth.
-- more (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 10, 1999.