The problem is similar to the y2k issue where a 2-digit value could no longer be used to encode the years 2000 or later, but different in that this 32-bit bug is related to unix-like these similarities to the y2k bug have widely lead to the 2038 problem being known as the unix millennium bug. The year 2000 problem, also known as the y2k problem, the millennium bug, the y2k bug, or y2k, is a class of computer bugs related to the formatting and storage of calendar data for dates beginning in. A couple months after the turn of the millennium, utah sen bob bennett took to the floor of the senate and declared victory over y2k the record is fairly clear that had we as a nation not focused on this issue and dealt with it, we would have had very significant problems, he said.
The problem could be fixed after the year 2000, so panic is unnecessary this is obviously not the case, when you think about all of the computers that run on dates even after clear warnings of the dangers of the y2k problem, many software companies and computer manufacturers are simply not. In this way, the problem that would eventually be referred to as the y2k bug spread through computing systems by the sheer act of rendering computers by the middle of the decade, awareness of y2k had reached most major organizations, including corporations and governments, who set about. Problem finding and problem solving the most important part of any business or invention is that it must solve a real need and a real problem y2k preparedness this year, most of the world is preparing to celebrate the year 2000 and the coming of a new millennium.
Josh hodas, assistant professor of computer science at harvey mudd college, gives the following overview: image: us dept of commerce warning sign logo from a web site of the us department of commerce is an indication of the priority being given to heading off potential y2k. The problem arose when people realized that the change to the year 2,000 might cause errors that would make it impossible for computers to recognize dates the y2k panic serves as a great illustration of why it's important to keep systems up to date. The problem is mainly on old mainframe systems, and mainly in programs written in cobol and rpg, which no one expected would still be in use for as long as they have been the difficulty of the problem arises because of all the nonstandard ways programmers have represented date data, depriving us of. The year 2000 problem (also known as the y2k problem, the millennium bug, the y2k bug, or simply y2k) was a problem for both digital (computer-related) and non-digital documentation and data storage situations that resulted from the practice of truncating a four-digit year to two digits.
This was one of the problems with the school admin systems i worked on for y2k prep you know, everybody thought y2k was blown out of proportion because nothing happened, but at least a few of us know the the difference between a misfire and a dodged bullet, and know that nothing happened. The story of the y2k bug became known to almost every inhabitant of the developed world during 1998 and 1999 spending money on a problem of a rather obscure nature and uncertain consequences shows the importance of technology issues for developed digital economies. The y2k problem is a problem in computer hardware and software programming where unintended results may take place if a year represented as two digits is not interpreted correctly there are two basic aspects to the y2k problem: - determining the correct value of a 2-digit year.
From the invention of the integrated circuit to surviving the y2k problem, january has been an interesting month in history hardware here is a roundup of a few pieces of hardware history still saved in memory. In the end, almost nothing happened not because the bugs weren't there, and not because they weren't serious, but rather because companies spent enormous time and effort to fix them in advance the last few years of the nineties were filled with consultants promising to fix your software for you. Thus, the main problem of y2k is the problem of incorrect results when date mathematics are conducted most companies are working to correct these problems in their cobol programs and most current microcomputer applications already have built in fixes.
The y2k bug was a computer flaw, or bug, that may have caused problems when dealing with dates beyond december 31, 1999 the flaw, faced by computer programmers and users all over the world on january 1, 2000, is also known as the millennium bug. The problem starts with the bios chip inside your pc (bios stands for basic input-output system) this chip is responsible for (among other things) one of the frustrating things about y2k is that the more promiscuous you are with data, the greater the chance that your computer will be reinfected. The cause of the y2k problem is pretty simple until recently, computer programmers have been in the habit of using two digit placeholders for the year portion of the date in their software for example, the expiration date for a typical insurance policy or credit card is stored in a computer file in mm/dd/yy.