1999-08-28 / Columnists

Got Computer Questions?

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Q: What is the Y2k Problem, how does it work? When did it begin?

A: The Year 2000 problem (Y2K, Millennium Bug, Millennium Virus) came about due to programming practices involving the use of six digit dates (dd/mm/yy) vs. eight digit dates (dd/mm/yyyy). This results in the possibility of a date such as 31 being misinterpreted (is it 1931 or 2031?). Any computer program which deals with 6 digit dates is susceptible to the Y2K problem. An example might be a credit card expiration date. If the program that checks this when the card is scanned is very simple it might just say is today greater than the expiration date. Thus, 01/01/99 is greater than 01/01/00 which would result in your credit card being rejected. For more information please visit: http://www.year2000.com/

Please send any questions you may have relating to computers to: Randy Sofia care of The Wave (8808 Rockaway Beach boulevard, Rockaway, NY 11693) or send e-mail to thewave@poboxes.com.

(This weekly Q&A column is written by Randy Sofia, a computer programmer, and president of Magichost Internet Services. Magichost is a web hosting service with Rockaway in mind. Visit the web site at

Error! Bookmark not defined. or e-mail him at Rockaway@magichost.com).

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