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Taxes are about numbers, right? I just got this e-mail from reader Dan M. with some intriguing numbers:

This coming Wednesday, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. That won't ever happen again.

I'm usually a night owl anyway, but I definitely will be up tonight watching the clock, although not the one my grandmother left me!


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Dave Starr

Can't quite figure the 'never happen again reference'. It will happen agin next month for the majority of the world .. and most accounting programs and databases that store dates in the DDMMYY format. It happened a hundred years ago on April 5th or May 4th 1906, and will happen in 100 years on 2106 ... unless, of course, one chooses to keep the year properly as 2006 ... but that would spoil the effect.

I absolutley loved the Y2K issues at work, I was in a government job then and we got to buy some much new equipement and new software ... all becuase of the big bad bogeyman who never showed.

I'm thinking of starting a Y10K consultancy ... I won't be around when all the computer clock years tip over from 9999 to 0000, but that event for sure will wreck some code. If we don't fix this issue real soon now, Dan M.'s phenomenon will happen yet again on 4/5/10006 and onward. ;-)

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