4000 eftpos terminals hit by Leap Year hiccup

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WEDNESDAY, MAR 01, 2000:

4000 eftpos terminals hit by Leap Year hiccup

Up to 4000 eftpos terminals may have been affected by a Leap Day computer glitch yesterday, but network operators insist it had little to do with Y2K problems.

Yesterday was the biggest Y2K test for computer systems since January 1, and the International Y2K Co-operation Centre reported problems with cash dispensing machines in Japan as well. New Zealand's Y2K Readiness Commission chairman, Basil Logan, said February 29 had always held the potential for problems because computers might think that it was the year 1900, which did not have a Leap Day. "A minor problem has been reported by the banking sector as a result of the changeover of computer systems to the 29th of February," he said. "The problem is not widespread and affects a few merchants using electronic banking transaction systems."


-- Martin Thompson (mthom1927@aol.com), March 01, 2000

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