Remember all the excitement about the year 2000? Yes, it did affect multi-value environments; well it did where I was…
It is back, but in a new form and this time it has absolutely nothing to do with computer systems!
Apparently around the USA, there are approximately 17,000 gas pumps with old mechanical meters which can not display prices greater than $3.99 per gallon. I got this from an interesting article in the Express Newspaper (I can’t seem to find an online reference).
So, there you go. Computers do not cause all the worlds problems. Actually, a computer based meter would not have this problem.
So, what was the mv y2k problem I had?
At the time, I was working at a financial organization which needed to forward calculate charges and interest on outstanding balances, anything up to a year in advance. So the y2k problem showed up in early 1999. The programmer had decided, in his wisdom, to calculate the difference between dates using a two digit year and then simply tack a ’19’ on the front to get the final date. So, we got end dates like 1902, with charges and interest of over 100 years added.
To make matters worse, the software house decided that they would not fix the problem, but try and force all clients to upgrade to the latest release, at some cost.
They were not popular, and have now gone, via a rather messy ending. What goes around, comes around.