What Year 2000 problem? I fail to see how the example you state in your article (PC Week 4 November) on NetWare Year 2000 glitches is in fact a problem. If the only "problem" with NetWare is that the date users have logged off is shown as 1/1/00 rather than 1/1/2000 then NetWare is compliant. In what circumstances would anyone think that that 1/1/00 didn't refer to the Year 2000AD? The criteria for Year 2000 compliance certainly doesn't mean that the display of all years should be in four digits. Neither does it mean they should be stored as four digits either. If NetWare was undertaking calculations such that it calculated that someone logging off on 1/1/00 had in fact logged off 99 years before they logged on, then there might be a problem. The misunderstanding of what constitutes Year 2000 compliance is perhaps one of the reasons that there is so much confusion, hype and derision abounding about what will happen in 2000AD. The same data held for different purposes in different systems can be either stored as two- or four-digit years depending on the purpose of the system. Likewise for whether it is displayed as two- or four-digit years. For example, the date of birth (DOB) in a system holding student records for primary schools can continue to hold them as two digits. Any calculations or processing based on the data will have to be altered appropriately, maybe by using windowing algorithms, to ensure that such things as age calculations or sorting by DOB are correct. In an ideal world the dates would be changed to four-digit years but that would be dependent on the effect and the cost of change. Using the same assessment against a pension system that had the date of birth stored as two-digit years would, hopefully, give a completely different approach to making it compliant. Maybe you could do a useful article on exactly how non-compliant products are in reality non-compliant and whether it affects users so much that they want to move. Or are they dancing to a tune set by their vendors who so neatly dropped them into the Year 2000 hole in the first place? Martin Gascoigne Year 2000 test manager London Wise choice of name There seems to be some confusion regarding the Jefferson project. There's no disputing that "Jefferson" is the code-name for the new Novell GroupWise WebPublisher. Or that it is the first web document management solution that allows users to dynamically publish documents to the Internet and intranets. Even that GroupWise WebPublisher provides an enterprise solution for the creation and management of documents on the Internet and corporate intranets, seems to be firmly established. The burning question is where did it get the name Jefferson? Well, rather than keep you all guessing, it is named after US President, Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the public library system in the US. We admit this does not follow the pattern of previous Novell codenames, all named after cities in Utah, where Novell is based - Wolf Mountain, Moab, Park City, Escalante, Green River - but it seemed more appropriate, don't you think? The result of the Jefferson project, now known as GroupWise WebPublisher, is available now and enables GroupWise users to leverage the Internet for sharing information, while taking advantage of the security, management and administration features required to keep that information secure, up-to-date and easily accessible. Peter Joseph Market development manager Novell UK Thin client revolution Frankly I would rather read the eminent sense written by Robin Bloor than the views of the anonymous writer who could not even be brave enough to provide his name (Letters, PC Week 4 November). Those of us who have fully and rightly embraced the thin client/fat server topology, and have proved beyond doubt the massive benefits of its cost model, are fully satisfied with the alternative to the PC. We are delighted not to have an overblown, virus-prone, tamper-prone, failure-prone, obsolesence-prone, control-proof and cash-hungry devices on each desktop. Rather, the thin clients we purchased four years ago, still in situ, have never upgraded, never interfered with and still delivering better service with every server upgrade that comes along. That we are still in the minority so far is a total mystery and can only be explained by a general lack of courage, in the face of pressure from Microsoft/Intel and their business interests on one side, and pressure from PC users on the other. IT people have got to bite the bullet and let their MDs know the real cost of fat client computing. Otherwise, keep repeating into the mirror "I'll never be sacked for buying Microsoft" and one day those sad soul-sold features of Faust will there be staring back and it will be too late. Meanwhile, the thin client revolution has not yet taken off as spectacularly as it should have done, and Bloor's earthquake metaphor does look a little optimistic in hindsight, but we should simply replace it with a steamroller. They take a fair bit of getting going, but once underway, take a hell of lot more to stop. Dave Pinwell IT manager Support your local dealer I am writing in reference to Mike Park's letter (PC Week 4 November). Does Mr Park believe he would have had similar problems had he bought locally? His story is not uncommon. Afraid the local dealer will go bust? If we all looked locally for our PC suppliers this would not be a problem. What really annoys me is that big company's like PC World are really good at selling/advertising their PCs, but when it comes to service and problems well, well I've had problems. Until PC World learns to treat customers who have purchased PCs correctly and react swiftly and constructively to solve these problems it will soon run out of customers and we will just have to purchase PCs locally for less and for a much better service. Andrew Michael [email protected] I'll have a V, Carol I strongly object to Mole's characterisation of Carol Vorderman as "spuriously brainy". As anyone who owns a video collection containing every appearance of hers on Countdown can tell you, there is nothing "spurious" about Carol's intelligence. The inimitable Vorderman is a mathematical genius, and a top science guru for all of the thinking men in this country, of whom Mole is obviously not one. Rob Finch Worcester Good home for Lifebook Thank you for my prize of a Fujitsu 531Tx Lifebook that I recently won in a PC Week competition. I wish to assure you that the Lifebook has gone to a good home where it is much appreciated. So, once again, thank you for putting such enjoyable and rewarding compettions in PC Week. DB Holden Cheltenham Got a gripe, then don't delay, get your pen out and write today send all your correspondence to: - The Editor, PC Week, VNU House, 32-34 Broadwick Street, London, W1A 2HG. or on the Net at http//www.pcweek.vnu.co.uk or Email [email protected]
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