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eric at brouhaha.com
Fri Jun 10 18:23:31 CDT 2005
Paul Koning wrote:
> Y2K isn't an issue -- if that breaks things, simply set the system
> time to 1999.
Doc Shipley wrote:
> Or, if you want to be picky with it, most computers not Y2K-compliant
> will accept either 1988 or 1994. That gives you the correct day-of-week.
> Right concept, but 1988 is a leap year, and neither 1994 nor 2005 are.
>From 1901 through 2099, the calendar repeats every 28 years. If you can
set the system clock to 1977, you'll have the correct day of the week
and leap years for another 22 years, after which you can set it back
to 1977 again.
Some machines, though, are too "smart" to let you set the year to 1977,
but yet not smart enough to handle Y2K correctly.
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