Why computers did not crash!

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The Computer programmers told us that on January 1st the computer date would go back to 1900 and that would confuse the computer and cause the systems to crash. They were wrong.

In Russia where they did not do any repairs, electricity stayed up. Why?.... Simple. Yesterday the date was 1999. The computer thinks today is 19100. What is the number that comes after 99? It is 100. Next year the date will be 19101. We may see that date on statements from businesses, but who cares? We know that is means 2000.

I checked several news websites and they all show the date as 19100. The programmers were wrong and I'm glad! Now we can go on with life as we were acustomed to. YIPPEEEEEEE!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR "19100"!!!!

-- bbb (bbb@bbb.com), January 02, 2000


bbb, cool observation.

I can't help wondering how this is going to play out when people get Social Security or paychecks, etc. that read "19100".

Could that be grounds to sue for fraud?


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-- Mike Taylor (mtdesign3@aol.com), January 02, 2000.

Didn't rollover simulations produce the "19100" date so the programmers would know what to expect?

-- dinosaur (dinosaur@williams-net.com), January 02, 2000.

Yea and when the financial sector starts up tomorrow 19100-1999= I'M rich!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- harry (richyrich@banckrupt.com), January 03, 2000.

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