It's not funny


Translated from Roman scroll dated 2BC

Are you still working on the Y Zero K problem? This change from BC to AD
is giving us a
lot of headaches and we haven't much time left. I don't know how people
will cope with working the wrong way around. Having been working happily
downwards forever, now we have to start thinking upwards. You would
think that someone would have thought of it earlier and not left it to
to sort it all out at this last minute.

I spoke to Caesar the other evening. He was livid that Julius hadn't
done something about it when he was sorting out the calendar. He said he
could see why Brutus turned nasty. We called in Consultus, but he simply
said that continuing downwards using minus BC won't work and as usual
charged a fortune for doing nothing useful. Surely we will not have to
throw out all our hardware and start again? Macrohard will make yet
another fortune out of this I suppose. The money lenders are paranoid of
course! They have been told that all usury rates will invert and they
will have to pay their clients to take out loans. Its an ill wind ......
As for myself, I just can't see the sand in an hourglass flowing

We have heard that there are three wise men in the East who have been
working on the problem, but unfortunately they won't arrive until it's
all over. I have heard that there are plans to stable all horses at
midnight at the turn of the year as there are fears that they will stop
and try to run backwards, causing immense damage to chariots and
possible loss of life. Some say the world will cease to exist at the
moment of transition.

Anyway, we are still continuing to work on this blasted Y zero K
problem. I will send a parchment to you if anything further develops. If
you have any ideas please let me know.


Simon Ratcliffe 01/25/1999Categories: Clean, Computer, Y2K

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