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Friday 13th bug - Y2K all over again or just another hoax? - Ask the Geek Ask the Geek

Friday 13th bug – Y2K all over again or just another hoax?

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The Milennium Bug dominated the news for several years prior to the Y2K clock rollover. Gloom, doom and disaster was the order of the day. Survivalists hid out in bomb shelters with dehydrated food, hoarded gasoline and predicted the end of the world as we knew it then. But at the first stroke of midnight, NOTHING happened. The power grid kept feeding us power, planes kept flying, our bank accounts were safe. Was it all a hoax? Or just good preparation well in advance? Read The Surprising Legacy of Y2K.

Well, get ready, because here we go again. In 2038, a similar bug will rear its ugly head and has the potential to be EVEN WORSE than Y2K!!! ;-P Here’s the scoop, straight from the source – the 2038 bug website:

The precise date of this occurrence is Tue Jan 19 03:14:07 2038. At this time, a machine prone to this bug will show the time Fri Dec 13 20:45:52 1901, hence it is possible that the media will call this The Friday 13th Bug.

We only have 31 years to prepare for this, so better start stocking up on the dried beef, MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) and bottled water…

Cheers!
The Geek

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