Y2K22 Apparently is a Thing

I was around in the 1990s, and observed and participated in numerous initiatives intended to blunt the effects of Y2K. Yes, Y2K was real, but it was also probably the most hyped phenomenon of the decade. I saw boondoggle projects funded because of an alleged Y2K connection.

Fast forward twenty years. I’ve seen some articles suggesting that the year 2022 also represents a boundary condition that caught some organizations off-guard:

…there may be more. I’ve spent only a couple of minutes looking for examples.

The Y2K22 bug has to do with a common way that computer programs encode the date, which runs into a problem regarding the maximum allowable size of an integer. You can read more about that here.

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