The Y10K, literally meaning the Year 10,000 Problem, is an error machines and computers will encounter when the need to express five digits for a year.
Cultural practicing [change]
Some people practice the art of cutting the last two digits of a decade. For example, the "1970's" becomes just the "70's". However, this becomes a problem, because to keep order, one will now need to take the last three digits, rather than two.
Cultural confusion [change]
This is also a problem because the "000's" might be confused with the legit "00's", representing a new century. Also, the year can overflow with certain computer programs. On Microsoft Excel, for instance, in a cell the date 12/31/9999 is a legit date, but 1/1/10,000 causes a problem. The date "ten thousand" is unable to be supported, producing a large negative instead.
So far, the Long Now Foundation is able to preempt the Y10K by adding a "0" in front of the date. So the year 2000, would look like this: "02000". However, it would still be subsceptible to a "Y100K" problem.
- Cultural practice of Two-Digit Chop Off.
- Chopping It Off. Cultural.com, 2010."Cutting Off the Digits: A Cultural Practice". http://www.culture.com/. Retrieved September 7 2010.
- Digital Prolonging effects of Y10K. Retrieved 5-7-08.
- Date Overflowing: Your Machine in 10000. Long Now Foundation, 2005.
- What about 100K? Long Now, 2005.