Reply to post: On call for Y2K

Remembering Y2K call-outs and the joy of the hourly contractor rate

Anonymous Tribble

On call for Y2K

I have some fond memories of the Y2K non-event.

I was asked to be on call to support a customer's systems over the New Year. Normally they didn't have any out of hours support. I was offered 250 quid just to be on call (ten times my usual rate) plus double time + time off in lieu if I did get a call.

I wasn't surprised that I didn't get any calls as that customer was closed for the New Year and none of their systems were being used.

It was two months later that they did get an issue (during office hours) where some of their code didn't recognise 2000 as a leap year and refused to process any transactions dated 29/02/2000.

Also, out of curiosity, I had salvaged one of the old servers that was replaced for Y2K reasons and took it home to see what would happen on 01/01/2000. It kept running, but I found odd dates in some log files, such as the to be expected 01/01/1900, but also 01/01/19100 and 01/01/A0.

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