Stories by Kevin Fogarty

9/9/99 panic offers a hint of what's to come

You want to hear ridiculous? A few weeks ago, Computerworld's US offices were crowded with TV news crews interviewing various reporters and editors about the date.
It was September 9, remember, and the string 9/9/99 was supposed to set off some chain of catastrophes as computers around the world recognised it as an ancient process-shutdown code that mainframers used to use.