oa De Rebus - Y2K - the millennium bug

Volume 1998, Issue 365
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



The year 2000 and implications for information systems Much has been written about the Y2K (the year 2000) problem that looms just 18 months away. Most software programs were written using the date format MM/DD/YY so that computers cannot distinguish between the 20th and 21 st centuries. The problem lies in the way the year is currently kept in computer files . The year is stored as two characters (e g '96') instead of four (e g '1996').

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