Originally Posted by bloodbathxtc
same here, but i doubt anything will happen tho, we will see, ill be blasting music from the 90s, to keep in mind how crazzy the y2k was
I worked on code fixes for Y2K - we started in 1998 - trust me when I tell you that it wasnt ALL hype. Our code was written in a relatively modern 4GL language (less code to do the same job as earlier languages) and had been built around the distinct possibility that we would need 4-digit years, but the testing was the important part - the banks have millions billions of lines of COBOL that form the basis of our financial system here in Oz - a lot of it written back in the day when memory was expensive and 'saving' two digits was a big deal. A code monkey in 1975 had a lot more to worry about than the distant possibility that his code would still be running in 1999 - turns out he was wrong.
FWIW. we also tested the code against this little gem:
Even at the consumer level. many of us are running 64-bit operating systems now, but 32-bit was still very common in commercial Unix boxes 12-13 years ago.
Edited by estreeter - 10/15/12 at 2:04pm