Y2K / Friday Info

From: Jim Rollins (jrollins@sms-ct.com)
Date: Fri Aug 06 1999 - 20:52:23 EEST

For those of you running MS/Windows95, 98 & NT, this is a fix for a small
problem *almost* everyone should have...

The Check
  Double click on "My Computer".
  Double click on "Control Panel".
  Double click on "Regional settings" icon.
  Click on the "Date" tab at the top of the page.
  Where it says, "Short Date Sample", look and see if it shows a "two digit"
  Unless you've previously changed it -- it does. That's because Microsoft
the 2 digits the default setting for Windows 95, Windows 98 and NT.

This date is the date that feeds *ALL* application software and will not
rollover into the year 2000. It will roll over to the year 00. (*)

The Fix
  Click on the button across from "Short Date Style" and select the option
shows, "mm/dd/yyyy" or "m/d/yyyy".
  Be sure your selection has four y's showing, not just two.
  Then click "Apply".
  Then click "OK" at the bottom.
  Easy enough to fix. However, every "as distributed" installation of
worldwide is defaulted to fail Y2K rollover...

 (*) NOTE: Some application software would (naturally) expect the year "00"
be the year "1900". Some of
 those applications might function (seemingly) OK...with merely the "day of
week" being misinterpreted
 UNTIL: 29 Feb, 2000 -- which the s/ware will think is:
        01 Mar, 1900 -- because 1900 was NOT a Leap Year..

Jim Rollins mailto:jrollins@sms-ct.com
Scientific Measurement Systems http://www.sms-ct.com
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