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Leap Second - the new Y2K?
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An extra second should be no biggie. Again, it's the old we-are-so-dependent-upon-computers thing. This extra second could really screw us up

Wikipedia/Leap Second - June 30, 2012

Remember 1999?  

You must be an old timer then.  :)  It was last century. Actually last millennium. Back then, we were all bracing for the dreaded ...

Y2K - the year 2000

For some, it was the End of the World. And for grins, here are some of those predictions of Armageddon, nuclear holocaust, the End Times:  10 Failed Doomsday Predictions (2009)

Side note:  It's interesting when Jesus spoke of the End Times while on earth, He said He didn't know the date. Only the Father in Heaven knew the day and the hour.  (reference: Matthew 24)  Amazing how many people claim to know more about this than Jesus!

Back to Y2K, 2000 years after Jesus ...

For others, Y2K meant the Millennium Bug (which could have meant the end of the world). Our computers, which we have become so dependent upon for everything it seems, were not ready to handle the roll over from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000. [reference: Y2K bug from Encyclopaedia Britannica]

This clip, a parody on the cartoon Godzilla, expresses the concern, humorously.

Time marched on. And there were glitches as the calendar rolled from 1999 to 2000. But  we survived. Since we are still here, the end of the world didn't happen ... yet.  :)

Next scare ...

December 21, 2012 - End of the World 

At least according to the Mayans. Or so they say. [reference: The Mayan Calendar - predicting the end of the world?]

And the Mayan calendar spawned this disaster movie - 20122012 | Sony Pictures

Yet, there were skeptics that it was just another day:

We're still here. And there is an explanation for that: Mayan Calendar And The End-Of-The-World Explained

Now, in the coming week we are facing a ...

Mini-Y2K, the Leap second - midnight, June 30, 2015 

To adjust our standardized clocks, a second will be added to our year. An extra second should be no biggie.  Again, it's the old we-are-so-dependent-upon-computers thing.  This extra second could really screw us up:  Leap second on June 30 will be 'mini-Y2K'

The dreaded leap second, coming this June 30, is explained here:

But this has happened 25 times since 1972 and the last time was 2012,  which caused computer problems. Yet, we survived the 2012 leap second and the Mayan calendar scare.  It wasn't the End of World ... yet ;)

See you on July 1 ... Lord willing ...

Timing is everything in this world of hi-tech, which is just another one of the ....

Signs of the Times ....


Previous posts in this series:

Signs of the Times (part 1) - Camping in the Parks (2012)

Signs of the Times (part 2) - Layaway (2012)

Signs of the Times (part 5) - Staycations (2013)

Signs of the Times (part 6) - Fear of Missing Out (2015)


Photo from:  Wikipedia/Leap Second - June 30, 2012

Web Site: smithsk: Signs of the Times (Part 7) - Leap Second - the new Y2K?

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull
Your articles are always so very informative and entertaining. For some reason, I never heard of leap seconds. I only leapt for seconds when I was a teenager competing with my brother. I soon learned that seconds caused belt overflow. ;-) I guess leap seconds are something that physicists are interested in. They don't seem to bother me one iota. Is an iota like a second? I guess that's a question for physicists, so I will bow out.

I am very familiar with doomsday predictions. I wonder if Prince is still "partying like it's 1999?" When Y2K came along we had mostly Macs at work. For some reason, the Mac operating system calendar ran from 1904 to 2040, so our Macs were not in jeopardy. However, some of the database programs I created had 2 digit years. All I had to do was go through the code and change those year fields to 4 digits and I was all set. I seem to recall the "major conversion" took me something like, two days.

I also seem to recall that many mainframe and even Windows operating systems, scrimping on space that code took up, add everything in 2 digits, requiring months to correct the problems.

I wrote several doomsday, apocalyptic stories in 2012 and completed a book of them, Verge of Apocalypse Tales, in October 2012. My birthday, along with my brother, was December 21, 2012. I entered the hospital on December 4 within an aggressive pneumonia that didn't respond to antibiotics because it may have been a fungus. On December 11, a surgeon operated on my right lung and removed the offending infection physically. Had the surgeon not done that, I was on a timeline to die on the 21st. Thankfully, I haven't had any more lung problems, or even any flus, since.

Not looking for doomsday any time soon. Although I do hear from authors here quite often that they fear the worst, almost daily. ;-)

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