1999
SITE TECHNOLOGY

Y2K rollover happens without incident

from CBC.ca archives | Fri, 31 Dec 1999

�In a world that seems increasingly to be run by computers it's easy to forget how stupid they are,� wrote CBC.ca�s Gary Katz in 1999.

He was describing a looming doom known by the handy acronym Y2K, the �millennium bug� associated with the year 2000. It referred to a fear that outdated computer software programmed with two-digit dates wouldn�t be smart enough to figure out that the next number after 99 was 00 (and that this particular 00 wasn�t the same as the one for 1900.)

�Anything that depends on a computer might not work correctly on January 1, 2000,� Katz wrote in a CBC.ca Indepth. �The list of things that don't include a computer is shorter these days than the list of things that do.�

Read Paul Gorbould's column on CBC.ca's experience with Y2K, and other tales from the techs

 

Image from a CBC.ca Indepth on Y2K

Image from a CBC.ca Indepth on Y2K