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Y2K, Year 2000

Year 2000 Page

Episode I to MM: Our Story Thus Far

As almost nobody remembers, Macs didn't have a Y2K problem. The traditional Mac operating system (now known as "Classic") is good until Jan. 1, 29,940 A.D. Mac OS X, on the other hand, has the same problem as all other UNIX-based systems. It keeps track of time by counting seconds since midnight, January 1, 1970. The routine that keeps track of the time will reach its limit on January 19, 2038 at 3:14:07 in the morning. At that point, bad things might happen -- assuming Apple doesn't make changes first.

Other related items of interest:

Time Travel and the Macintosh.

One very simple solution to the Y2K problem.

We explore the origins of the problem and conclude: Y2K: It Is Not A Bug If It Was Deliberate.

We explore a bit more and find several ways of Solving the Y2K Crisis on the Cheap.

For those not well versed in the problem, we reveal the Critical Y2K Dates for the Paranoid.

In open imitation of almost everybody, we provide a draft Washington Apple Pi Y2K statement. A final policy was never issued.

Other Readings:

'Twas the Night Before Y2K

The 100 GB Problem

Etch-A-Sketch Y2K Policy

Low-Cost Y2K Alternatives

Y2K Benefits

Y Zero K Problem

YtoK - What's all the fuss?

Y2K and Spam

Y2K and Dr. Strangelove

Y10K: The Next Big Thing

Windows 2000 Y2K Notice

Russia and Y2K

Y2K Theme Song

Y2K Delayed

I Believe in Yesterday

Dell and Y2K

Major Java Bug Discovered