Ever wonder why they didn’t fix Y2K sooner?

Flashback a few decades, to the days when this pilot fish is the new data center supervisor, and finally allowed to run second shift.

“It was Feb. 29th — I think it was 1964,” says fish. “One of the operators told me something strange was happening when he started to run the nightly production systems.”

The first step in the nightly production run includes entering the Julian date — that is, the day of the year, with Jan. 1 as day 1. Then the system responds with the current date in the normal month, day and year format.

But the operator tells fish that when he entered 60, instead of coming back with 2/29/64, it responded with 3/1/64.

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