NYFingerLakes-L ArchivesArchiver > NYFingerLakes > 1999-08 > 0933588832
Subject: Re: [NYFingerLakes-L] Y2K FIX This one may be very Important.
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 06:13:52 -0400
A am glad someone with FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE spoke up
and put any fears to rest. Looks like we do not have to sit up
New Years Eve waiting for the bugs to strike. Perhaps we can now
also stop running down companies we do not like, as individuals,
in a public forum.
On Sun, 1 Aug 1999 21:33:39 -0500 "Gary Welch" <>
>This is NOT a Y2K bug or any other kind of bug. It simply sets how
>are displayed in places like Windows Explorer, not how they are passed
>application programs. It does not affect any calculations, the
>is passed. The purpose of the setting is to allow for variations in
>dates are written internationally.
>There are no known significant Y2K problems with Windows 98, known
>95 Y2K bugs can be fixed with a patch that can be downloaded from the
>Microsoft web site. There are a couple of very obscure Y2K bugs but
>have to do things like boot at exactly midnight on New Years Eve.
>then, it will be correct on the next boot.
>I work for a PC manufacturer and we and others have done extensive
>In the future, please check out these things before posting.
>From: Byron Bray [mailto:]
>Sent: Sunday, August 01, 1999 6:01 PM
>Subject: Re: [NYFingerLakes-L] Y2K FIX This one may be very
>>> . . . every single installation (yy) of Windows
>>> worldwide is defaulted to fail Y2K rollover.
>>> How many people know about this? How many people know to change
>>> that? What will be the effect? Who knows! But this is another
>>> of the pervasiveness and systematic nature of the problem.
>Actually, this is NOT an example of the prevasiveness of the problem.
>is it due to a clock glitch in your computer's hardware. It IS
>example of the unbelievable lack of planning, service and courtesy
>typified by Microsoft who could have:
>1) written Windows 95, 98 & NT to default to a four-digit year instead
>2) warned users of the need to set it manually, in their
>online help or by e-mail to all registered users (it's not like they
>can't afford it), OR
>3) used some of the 14 years that they've known about this problem to
>it long before this.
>There are over 200 Y2K-related bugs that are still in Windows 98.
>Microsoft had a page on their web-site, back in February, which
>them all but removed the page from the web when it started getting
>Big business has just finished persuading Congress to pass a law
>YOUR right to sue companies whose software damages your data due to
>These are companies who have, in many cases, known about this problem
>over a decade and have done nothing about it. And guess who the
>one of them is??
>By contrast, the very first Macintosh operating system, released 15
>ago in 1984, was Y2K compliant.
>Sorry for the off-topic message, but I've never been happy about
>Microsoft's abysmal record on this issue. I run Windows and I'm
>on backing up ALL of my data on January 31, 1999 - just to be safe.
>Byron C. Bray
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