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A perceived problem with computers around 31 December 1999, relating to the way in which they store dates.
 
A perceived problem with computers around 31 December 1999, relating to the way in which they store dates.
  
The problem was that years were stored in some systems as two digits - for example '99' - rather than as four digits (1999 in this case).
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The problem was that years were stored in some systems as two digits - for example '99' - rather than as four digits ('1999' in this case).
  
The concern was that date-dependant computer systems might fail around 1 January 2000, if they mis-coded or mis-interpreted the date.
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The concern was that date-dependent computer systems might fail around 1 January 2000, if they mis-coded or mis-interpreted the date.
  
  

Revision as of 22:36, 8 February 2016

A perceived problem with computers around 31 December 1999, relating to the way in which they store dates.

The problem was that years were stored in some systems as two digits - for example '99' - rather than as four digits ('1999' in this case).

The concern was that date-dependent computer systems might fail around 1 January 2000, if they mis-coded or mis-interpreted the date.


Some concerned individuals and businesses withdrew their funds from banks around this period.


Also known as the 'Y2K bug'.


See also