HK reports no Y2K trouble over leap year rollover : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

WIRE:02/28/2000 20:30:00 ET HK reports no Y2K trouble over leap year rollover HONG KONG, Feb 29 (Reuters) - Hong Kong reported on Tuesday no disruptions resulting from the leap year rollover, but said it would continue close monitoring.

"Hong Kong has entered February 29, without any disruptions in the provision of critical public services," said Jessie Ting, deputy secretary for information and technology.

"The government's Y2K Central Coordinating Centre will continue to closely monitor the territory-wide rollover situation," said Ting.

Experts had predicted a relatively glitch-free February 29 rollover because the issue was addressed during standard Y2K upgrades to make sure systems did not mistake 2000 for 1900.

But some software could jump to the wrong date or otherwise get fouled up in a way that might not be spotted until sums are done at the end of th quarter or year-end.

The potential leap day headache arises from the esoteric, three-step rule governing when a 29th day is added to February to mesh with the cycle of seasons.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority said on Tuesday operations at Hong Kong International Airport remained normal through the leap year rollover from February 28 to 29.

The Airport Authority had completed most health checks of airport computer systems between midnight and 3 a.m. (1900 GMT Monday), it said.

As at 5 a.m. (2100 GMT Monday), no Y2K problems had been reported, it said.

-- Martin Thompson (, February 28, 2000

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