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Microsoft Warns of Mini-Y2K in March


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Microsoft Warns of Mini-Y2K in March

 

Back in 2005, Congress decided to pass a law which would make daylight-savings time start three weeks earlier and end one week later starting this year.

 

That would make daylist-savings time begin March 11 this year instead of April. Congress believes that would increase energy savings somehow. I will not attempt to explain their thinking.

 

The problem now is that this could lead to a mini-Y2K problem as Microsoft (MSFT) warned that any software programmed before 2005 could advance its time keeping in April rather than March. This could lead to errors in calendar driven programs, and even in automatically updated digital watches and clocks.

 

Is this really that big of a problem? The Information Technology Association of America thinks so. The organization warned of significant losses to businesses that are not properly prepared.

 

If this leads to as big of a problem as the Y2K of 2000, then no one should have any reason to worry.

 

read it here:

http://software.seekingalpha.com/article/27154

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That will ONLY affect computers running on US time - it won't affect anything else. The big worry about Y2K was the date rollover but as all airport, military and international computers run on Zulu time, any change in US summer time won't do a thing.

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If this leads to as big of a problem as the Y2K of 2000, then no one should have any reason to worry.

 

It always makes me laugh when people say what a big fuss about nothing Y2K was. It was a HUGE issue, which IT staff across the world worked hard to avoid. Because they all did a great job in fixing the problems, no major issues were encountered. But because they did a good job, everybody said there was no problem in the first place.

 

It is a shame that everybody needs a catastrophe to happen in order to realise how big a problem it is, rather than thank and respect those that prevented a major catastrophe from happening in the first place...

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