May 7, 1999

I have decided to stop the 'Y2K-1' nonsense that I have used to grace the top of my entries.

I had always thought that the use of 'Y2K' was ridiculous. Saying 'Y2K' takes three syllables; saying 'year two thousand' takes four syllables. Those sort of savings might be substantial in the realm of information technology (which, ironically, is the source of the whole year 2000 problem), but in the real world, it just comes off as a blatant attempt to create an impressive sounding name for a really embarrassing problem.

And it's not even correct. One K of memory represents 1024 bytes (2 to the exponent 10). So the year Y2K would actually be 2048.