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Two Digits for a Date
Author Unknown (sung to the tune of "Gilligans Island, more or less) Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, Of the doom that is our fate, That started when programmers used Two digits for a date. Two digits for a date. Main memory was smaller then; Hard disks were smaller, too. "Four digits are extravagant, So let's get by with two. So let's get by with two." "This works through nineteen-ninety-nine," The programmers did say, "Unless we rewrite before that, It all will go away. It all will go away." But Management had not a clue: "It works fine now, you bet! A rewrite is a great expense; We won't do it just yet. We won't do it just yet." Now, when two thousand rolls around, It all goes straight to hell, For zeros less than ninety-nine, As anyone can tell. As anyone can tell. The mail won't bring your pension check, It won't be sent to you When you're no longer sixty-eight, But minus thirty-two. But minus thirty-two. The problems we're about to face Are frightening, for sure. And reading every line of codes The only certain cure. The only certain cure.