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Programming Bugs

Y2K cousin blamed for billing glitch

Customers of So-net broadband who were charged more than $110,000 in their latest monthly bills backdated to the first day of 1970, may have been the victims of a computer fault similar to the millennium bug, according to a computer expert.

Thursday, 9 September, 2004, 12:00am

Millennium bug lingers

Although a potential millennium bug crisis was avoided last year, experts warn that some errors in computerised systems still need to be rectified.

To save memory space and cost, computer system programmers used to record the year using only the last two, rather than the whole four digits.

29 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Official Web site crashes

A GLITCH, not computer hackers, is being blamed for a three-hour crash of the Government's information Web site yesterday morning.

The server supporting www.info.gov.hk was down from midnight to 2.45am.

26 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Warning on leap year rollover bug

Minor glitches caused by the leap-year rollover bug could affect some computer systems and electrical household appliances, experts say.

The variant of the Y2K millennium bug could cause internal clocks to roll over to March 1 instead of February 29 as they do not recognise 2000 as a leap year.

29 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Y2K experts ready to leap

Y2K specialists will gather one more time at the end of this month to prepare for the last of the serious rollover bugs.

A variant of the millennium bug may strike at the midnight rollover to February 29.

Some computers may fail to recognise the leap year and roll over from February 28 to March 1.

21 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Y2K prophets cling on to their nightmares

This proud declaration screamed across the top of a Web page of telecoms firm Global One yesterday: 'Global One Successfully Crosses Over Into the New Millennium with All Network Elements and Systems Functioning Normally'.

Immediately above this was the date - January 7, 3900.

My, how time flies.

8 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Hi-tech dangers

As fears over the Y2K bug subside, hundreds, if not more, computer technicians in Hong Kong who have laboured long and hard to fix it now face the sack, having completed their mission.

5 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Drink-drive charges in doubt after bug strikes

Up to 11 suspected drink-drivers may escape prosecution after breath-test devices malfunctioned because of the Y2K bug.

Police said some of the 13 machines installed in main district stations failed to register the birth date of the suspects and would not give an alcohol-level reading.

4 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Commerce sector breezes into 2000

Hong Kong businesses and the banking system rode the transition into 2000 smoothly, with local companies reporting only minor operational and equipment glitches related to the Y2K bug.

Computer glitches hit three government departments, but officials stressed the problems were 'minor' and had not disrupted public service.

4 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Officials on alert for late Y2K glitches

HONG KONG cannot afford to become complacent about the Y2K bug despite a problem-free passage into the new year, public officials have warned.

The SAR embraced the new millennium with no real glitches, and the government co-ordinating unit did not receive any calls for assistance yesterday, the first day of 2000.

2 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

China says services beat bug

CHINA reported that it had safely entered the new millennium free from Y2K problems with all key services working normally.

But officials cautioned that most computers would only restart tomorrow and the China Y2K Problem Contingency Office would remain on alert.

2 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Y2K shows world can co-operate

ON Friday, the letters I was typing on my laptop suddenly started coming up on the screen in red. Each had a line through the middle of it, as if everything I wrote was being crossed out.

2 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Y2K ready or not

When tomorrow dawns, provided it does so without the planet coming to a standstill, we may have heard the last about Y2K.

31 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Police on 'first degree alert' in case of chaos

Police across the mainland have been on 'first degree alert' since midnight on Wednesday to handle any disruption caused by the millennium bug, China News Service said yesterday.

31 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Sheltering from the bug

The much-dreaded millennium bug is set to hit us in six days. Many fear that at midnight on December 31, it will cripple industries, cut power supplies and generally send everything connected with modern technology into a tailspin.

Millions worldwide are stocking up on food, water and fuel in case the bug disrupts essential services.

26 Dec 1999 - 12:00am