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X-To: "David C. Hoos, Sr." <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 1998 23:17:53 -0500
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Yes, the did weasel word their message a bit in the article, but in fact a
developer would have to work very hard on the mac to not be year 2k
complient since mac routines for date are all built in and rarely do anyone
write their own.  i have not heard of any mac apps that have the problem.
the closest i have heard of actual y2k problems on the mac is people doing
spreadsheets in excel which can because  compatability with pc version of
excel allow creation of y2k problems in spreadsheets. but as the article
points out apps ported from pc using common code base that do their own
internal date manipulation COULD cause problems.  But that would not make
the pcs more complient if the only place it can happen in the mac is in
software that has a common code base with the pc apps!

jim

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At 4:23 PM -0500 4/12/98, David C. Hoos, Sr. wrote:
>The headline is nice, but reading the article reveals the following
>paragraph:
>
>--- begin quotation --
>However, Murphy's Law--whatever can go wrong, will go wrong--is particularly
>true for technology, so Mac users are advised to test-drive their clocks
>with the big date. Also, some applications originally written for PCs may
>have two-digit-date programming that skulked into the Mac version, so it's
>advisable to ask application manufacturers if you need to upgrade. It's also
>important to check anything homegrown on your Mac; office hacks who've
>whipped up spreadsheet and database programs may have unwittingly written
>years with two digits instead of four.
>--- end quotation ---
>
>

At a recent computer software engineering course in the US, the participants
were given an awkward question to answer.  "If you had just boarded an
airliner and discovered that your team of programmers had been responsible
for the flight control software, how many of you would disembark
immediately?"
                    unknown author

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