Start preparing for the next Y2K

Posted on January 18, 2005

Just when you think computers will finally stop complaining about the Gregorian calendar, it appears there are numerous problems just waiting to happen.

We have only 34 years until the Y2038 bug finally finds us. It's hard to say right now how big the bug will be, but I'm guessing somewhere between a mosquito and a giant praying mantis.

As The year 2038 bug website clearly states, the issue at hand relates to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which goes from Jan. 1, 1970 to Jan. 19, 2038. After that, though, it appears we need another bit, because computers nowadays are just 32-bit in size. It's definitely feasible 64-bit machines will be around in a few years, and this dilemma will hopefully be moot the closer we get to it.

But in looking back, were you prepared for Y2K? I know I was. American Radio Works has a special on their website, outlining the Legacy of Y2K. Unfortunately, though, they left off Prince's hit song, "Party like it's 1999." I thought radio stations were going to stop playing that?