[LMB] OT: Prime News

Walter Bushell proto at panix.com
Wed Nov 15 13:35:41 GMT 2017


> On Nov 14, 2017, at 10:37 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> 
> Someone, can't currently find the reference, claimed that using short
> dates, given the vast cost of early memory, actually saved money overall
> despite the price of Y2K fixes.  
> 
> And some of the problem was the old: "Well, this won't be around in xx
> years..." fallacy.  I've been using 8-digit dates in all new systems
> since the late 80s, and people said I was wasteful.  When I worked on
> the Y2K project, none of the systems needing fixing were mine, I was
> pleased to say (and occasionally, insufferably smug, I must admit).

The root of the problem was getting all the information on one 80 column 
card. Having more the information on more than one card caused operational
problems.  The 80 column card carried way into the age of mag tape and disk 
drives even.

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