Wednesday, 11 April 2007

What time is it?

I just stumbled across this interesting page here: http://www.merlyn.demon.co.uk/critdate.htm. It lists all the calendar quirks we have scheduled for the foreseeable future. It's pretty cool :D This pages covers everything from relatively minor bugs, like VBScript returning the wrong week number once every 28 years, to the supposedly catastrophic including the disastrous Y2k bug and the end of 32b UNIX time in 2038. Some stuff is just quirks of computing, like the y2k bug, some are basic calendar ones, like the non-non-leap-year in 2000, and others are political/calendar changes like the change in DST in the US (and regions following adopting the change based on the US).

By the way, the end is nigh! On May 19th, MS-DOS CLOCK$ daycount 10000. Whatever that means. Oh, and June 7th works out to be the same as 1999-99-99... If that causes a bug, then someone has written some bad-bad-bad software :P

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