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Council created to further gender equity at U.Va.
Exhibit envisions America's capital for the 21st century
U.Va. cleared in honor lawsuit

Curry School to continue study of local families and children as part of large-scale national effort

Leffler announces interdisciplinary programs in media, Jewish studies
Hostler blazes trails in medicine and at U.Va.
After Hours - Continuing Education producer fulfills Hollywood dreams
Hot Links - Community of Science
Your computer: leaping over Feb. 29?
Diversity in higher education: Why it matters
Speakers: faculty input essential to diversity efforts
Rent-a-rower for seasonal chores
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Your computer: leaping over Feb. 29?

Just when you thought it was safe for your computer to venture into the Year 2000, experts are reminding computer users everywhere of another potential problem: this is a leap year, which could throw off your computeršs date calculations.

Most organizations and software vendors tested their systems and products for this problem at the same time they were repairing the Year 2000's notation problem of using only two digits that got most of the headlines. But some older calendar and scheduling programs, as well as other routines (commercial or homemade) that involve date calculations at your own desktop, may not correctly deal with the leap-year date of Feb. 29.

The University's Y2K team recommends that on Feb. 29 and March 1 you check any device that does date calculations to make sure it handled the leap year correctly. Then we can go back to worrying about sunspots (see http://www.itc.virginia.edu/virginia.edu/fall99/sunspots).

For those who want to delve into the complex rules about leap years, see the federal government web site at http://www.nist.gov/y2k/documents. htm#leapyear


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