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1998\07\07@161157 by Bob Blick

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Hi Everyone,
Sorry to perpetuate the off-topic nature of the piclist.

How do you answer customer's questions about year 2000 compliance?
Especially when they send forms for you to sign? I know better than to
sign anyone elses documents. I would rather instead provide them with my
own form explaining my Y2K compliance plan.

Would anyone who has created such a form care to share its contents for
me to copy from?

Thanks,
Bob Blick

1998\07\07@170443 by William Chops Westfield

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You could look at http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/752/2000/index.shmtl

Apparently there are "standards" for specifying y2k compliance.

BillW

1998\07\08@024326 by Dr. Imre Bartfai

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On Tue, 7 Jul 1998, Bob Blick wrote:

> How do you answer customer's questions about year 2000 compliance?

I guess the following points should be checked:

1. The size of the year stored (2 or 4 digits)
2. Is 2000 leap year [ it should ].
3. What is the weekday of 1/1/2000? [ should Saturday, especially instead
of Monday which is assumed as the year is thought as 1900 ]
4. How old is a man born 1/1/1999 on 1/1/2000? [ exactly one year ]
  And in days? [ exactly 365 days ]
5. Which day comes after 12/31/1999? [ should 1/1/2000 ]

I think this is fair checklist as 1st trial.

I elaborated the solution with the `cal` command of Linux. Of course, it
IS Y2K-compliant!

Imre

1998\07\11@153409 by Walter Banks

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> From: Bob Blick <spam_OUTbobTakeThisOuTspamTED.NET>
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> How do you answer customer's questions about year 2000 compliance?
>I would rather instead provide them with my
> own form explaining my Y2K compliance plan.
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> Would anyone who has created such a form care to share its contents for
> me to copy from?
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For one example look at our web site http://www.bytecraft.com

Walter Banks

1998\07\28@135853 by craiglee

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Just going through and reading some old list messages....


Did you know that UNIX itself will be a BOMB in the year 2032?

The Julian time breaks............(overflows)

Craig


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1998\07\28@143231 by Mark Willis

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Which variant of Unix? <G>

 I'm sure Linux will be fixed in time, given it's rate of change!  And
a lot better by then than it is now <G>

 Most 80x86 machines have this problem;  I don't think I'll be using
current-day hardware in 2037, though.  (I still have my original Compaq
DeskPro Model 4 {7 MHz XT}, though I've upgraded it somewhat;  It's,
what, 14 years old, now?  I turn it on 3 times a year to play Ancient
Art of War & Gato.  70 Mb of RLL drives, "oooh, aaah", nothing special
now!)

 I'm hoping by 2020 to have a properly designed computer but not
holding my breath <G>  I imagine I'll not fire this machine I'm on now,
as often as I fire the old XT up, in 2037!  I'm not too worried...

 (I figure by then we'll all be taking a pill one evening & the next
morning waking up with a computer grown in the spaces between our
skull's bone crystals or some such.  Just hope THAT machine doesn't run
out of IRQs, DMA channels, or other resources <G>

 Mark

Craig Lee wrote:
>
> Just going through and reading some old list messages....
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> Did you know that UNIX itself will be a BOMB in the year 2032?
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> The Julian time breaks............(overflows)
>
> Craig
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> {Original Message removed}

1998\07\28@143841 by Eric Smith

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Craig Lee <.....craigleeKILLspamspam@spam@TELUSPLANET.NET> wrote:
> Did you know that UNIX itself will be a BOMB in the year 2032?
> The Julian time breaks............(overflows)

Bzzzt!  Try again.  Nothing is expected to fail for this reason in 2032.
The correct date is left as an exercise to the reader.  Hint:  it is
2^31 seconds after the start of 1970.

And not all Unix variants have this problem; some of them will be fine
until 2^32 seconds after the start of 1970.  Others will be safe for 2^63 or
2^64 seconds.

I haven't heard of anyone worrying about the Y584G problem yet.

Eric

All of my PIC code is Y2K compliant.  Some of it keeps time, but only as a
24-hour clock with no date.  :-)

1998\07\28@171747 by Timothy D. Gray

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Yup, it stated in the manual that the Unix source code will execute
special instructions after 1999 dec30 23:59 to explode the processor,
start a thermonuclear war, and eradicate 3 different alien species.

Yes it overflows on really old versions, except for the fact that the bios
on the machine will implode before the UNIX code. (OMG how could we let
the Y2K bomb get so far)

I bet $100.00 that Y2K dont do a damn thing except to banks and government
cheapskates.

tim.

"My desing cant be Y2K compliant as the 74ls00's in it aren't!"



On Tue, 28 Jul 1998, Craig Lee wrote:

> Just going through and reading some old list messages....
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>
> Did you know that UNIX itself will be a BOMB in the year 2032?
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> The Julian time breaks............(overflows)
>
> Craig
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> {Original Message removed}

1998\07\28@172748 by Timothy D. Gray

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:-) My Cromemco Z-2H minicomputer made in 1984 stores 4 bytes for year in
the date. (runs Cromix) some companies had their heads out of their butts
quite a few years ago. (Except that DBASE on it doesnt!)

On Tue, 28 Jul 1998, Mark Willis wrote:

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