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.
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.
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).
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.