Sunday, January 3, 2010

More on Taiwan's possible Y2K bug next year on January 1, 2011 because the ROC counts the years from 1911 birth of the nation of the ROC and therefore next year will be Year 100 and some computer systems might not be able to handle the three digits, 1-0-0-, for dating documents, such as inh banks, hospitals, schools, credit card firms, rather than 2 digits of 9-9. YES? NO? IS THERE GOING TO BE A PROBLEM?

Don in Taipie notes:

You relax dude. Gotta say false on the 2010/100 bug for Taiwan Year 100 on the ROC calendar. Every PC I've ever seen--and most
of them have parts or are completely made by Taiwanese-owned
companies--run a BIOS and OS that works on the Western calendar. Never
seen a BIOS set to the TW calendar; never seen a Taiwan-specific OS
for that matter, just localized versions of Mac, Windows and Ubuntu.
Then again, if I owned a PC software service company, I'd be spreading
fear of the bug and then offering expensive plans to "cure" it.



dan said...


Dear Dan,

Yes, it's true. but not the over all industry, because many company use the De. ex TSMC (hight technology company)
but the system design before 1991 have some problem on the 2 digits conversion to 3 digits.

so that's right .....many bank, hospital have to stay by stay on it!

but i think it's not the really big problem if we have ready to.

Happy New Years!!!!!


dan said...

A Taiwanese doctor, now resident in USA for many years, told this blog:

"Interesting article, Dan. I never ever thought of this "Y1K" computer problem.

A few weeks ago, a couple visited us here. The couple grew up and were educated in Taiwan, and they came to visit their son who studied statistics at here in the USA.

They were clearly much younger than us.... but when we compared our birth years, I said I was born in '46, the husband looked surprised and said he was born the same year!

But that couldn't be, looking at his much younger complexion and dark hairs vs my gravity pulled cheeks and grey hairs.

It turned out that he was born in "ROC '46" and I was born in 1946. This is not an uncommon occurrence, especially when we visit Taiwan.

Many of us say just get rid of "ROC calender", but of course the KMT would not; they desperately want to keep the ROC alive for obvious reasons.

I don't think anything will happen in 2011. Outside of Taiwan, very few, if any, know what "ROC" is, or tak it as meaning China."

Anonymous said...

發文日期:中華民國99年1月22日 = Y1C


Dear Mr,
With regard to your inquiry, our Information Mnagement
Center(IMC) replied as follows:

Some government agencies application software used 2-digit to
define ROC year fields.
In ROC year 100, 2-digit fields would be overflowed and cause
application software to fu-
nction incorrectly, such as to produce wrong results on the screen, or
print incorrect rep-
orts. We called that as "ROC Year 100 Problem in Information Systems" (Y100).

IMC has noticed government agencies checking their software
thoroughly and just cor-
rect the ROC year fields. Otherwise, IMC has a task force in charge of
propagating and c-
onsulting, and set a Y100 web site ( tofacilitate the government
agencies experience interchange and let public know government activities.
Thanks for your concern. If you want to know more detail, please email


IMC,DGBAS The Executive Yuan