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   Re: Y2K and XML-DEV

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  • From: "Martin Bryan" <mtbryan@sgml.u-net.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 08:51:31 +0100

Per-Ake wrote:

>In Sweden another solution was presented on the evening news yesterday.
>There is a proposition from the goverment to change our calendar from
>Gregorion to Julian (the one used in Russia in 1917), which would buy
>two weeks of time. An executive of the swedish equivalent of the IRS was
>very positive, and a couple of party-leaders were interviewed, stating
>that it seems like a good idea and they support it, one of them also
>stating that the possibility of using alternative calendars that give
>even more leeway should be explored.

That proposal definitely gets my vote. But what about going back to the
older Hebraic calendar, or better still adopting the world's most widely
used calendar (until recently), the Chinese one? Then we have 500 years or
so to plan! (That might, just, be enough to allay the fears of the

Incidentally my kid was so scared by the news broadcasts about the millenium
bug that he stopped using his computer in case it would blow up in his face.
To cure this I simply set the clock to 23:55 on Dec 31st 1999 and stood in
front of the machine until 00:01 2000 was shown on the clock. I then ran all
his programs without problems, including Word, which correctly dated his
first document for the new millenium. And all this on a 5 year old machine
running Windows 3.1. Sorry I don't believe all the hype (but do understand
where the problems will occur - how many of you will need to buy a new
digital watch next year?)

Martin Bryan

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