Taiwan - rolled back Mass Rapid Transit clock to avoid y2k problems

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The Tapei Times, Taiwan

January 1, 2000

Taiwan braces for Y2K


~snip~ ...To celebrate the turn of the millenium and to accommodate an anticipated increase increase in passenger loads, Taipei's MRT trains were scheduled to run non-stop from yesterday until their normal closing hours this evening.

However, the trains were set to stop on their tracks for a few minutes around midnight to prevent accidents, according to officials at the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC, %x%_169B$=%q).

The TRTC also put a 100-strong team on standby in cooperation with the Department of Rapid Transit Systems (169B$=5{'=). Meanwhile, the internal clock of the computer system at the Mucha line -- Taipei's oldest MRT line -- was turned back to 1995. Today will be Jan. 1, 1996 for the computer system.


-- Lee Maloney (leemaloney@hotmail.com), February 23, 2000


nice confirmation of what we thought has been done. so i wonder if all these rolled back clocks (especially using differing dates) is the reason why problems are occurring on sporadic dates????

-- tt (cuddluppy@aol.com), February 23, 2000.


Sorry, I'm not knowledgeable in that department. Maybe someone else can explain "when" various rolled back dates could fail? I assume that companies who applied the bandaids will have ample time to create fixes. (that is, as long as the right hand knows what the left hand is doing)

-- Lee Maloney (leemaloney@hotmail.com), February 25, 2000.

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