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From: Victor A. Wagner, Jr. (vawjr_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-09-06 01:42:32

agreed, this was 1978 when we did it and the system ONLY had 128K of memory
possible (I thought we were doing well to get 14 digits "approved")
the clock, unfortunately only had a 17 year "span" (32 bits (signed, for
some silly reason) 1/4 second resolution)
we didn't expect the systems to be in use for that long (though some
certainly were (I "moved" the base from 76030100000000 to 88030100000000
for one of the customers in late 1989)... they were anticipating another 10
years of viability for their installations.

At Friday 2003-09-05 12:55, you wrote:
>Well, a few years ago people would have liked an extra couple Y's on that.
>On Friday, September 5, 2003, at 02:18 PM, Victor A. Wagner, Jr. wrote:
>>Back in 1978 we (Computer Automation... now defunct) wrote an OS for our
>>the date was held as 14 digits in YYMMDDHHmmsshh and generally formatted
>>as YY/MM/DD HH:mm:ss.hh
>>Nobody, and I mean _nobody_ ever questioned what that meant. we offered
>>no explanation, we just output the date in that form. The company sold
>>world wide and there were machines in Asia, US, and Europe/UK.
>>I've been puzzled ever since as to why it didn't get universally adopted
>>since it's never mis-interpreted.
>>And it certainly got around the silly DMY or MDY quibbles.
>>At Friday 2003-09-05 11:39, you wrote:
>>>On Fri, 2003-09-05 at 17:34, Joel de Guzman wrote:
>>> > In my ET implementation (no it's not part of date_time yet, AFAIK),
>>> > I allow: Y/M/D and M/D/Y only.
>>> >
>>> > Pardon the confusion, 1/Jan/1970 is indeed an illegal date (asserts)
>>>So you are allowing US date format M/D/Y but not European date format
>>>D/M/Y. Thats a little US centric, is it not?
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