World sighs in relief... The NIBL Survives Y2K
Jan 4, 2000... Bill Krieger
Happy New Year everyone. For those who saw it (and got it), I hope you enjoyed the "fake" NIBL y2K bug page that was up the past few days. I couldn't resist.
For those interested in minutia, the NIBL did have a real Y2K bug this morning when I did the update for week 10's games. My friends at www.nba.com did a nice job on me. The NIBL sucks the stats for NBA games out of the NBA web site, via some hack software that I wrote. Well, the NBA was using two digits to store the year 1999 ("99") and as of Jan 1, started using 4 digits for the year 2000 ("2000"). Well, this threw my software for a loop and I had to perform very minor surgery.
I really am surprised at the dearth of Y2K problems, especially overseas. There are so many little programs, file formats, databases, etc. that used the two-digit date format. The side effect of the www.nba.com is an example of what I would have thought we'd see more of. Oh well, I guess people are more competent that I expected.
On the lighter side, I had the pleasure of attending a Bulls game yesterday (against the Portland Trailblazers) with the owners of the beleaguered Elk Grove Cougars. Of source, the Cougars (like the Bulls) are pulling up the rear of the league and actually have fewer victories that the Bulls. Here are the highlights:
The only disappointment of the night was missing an opportunity to stop at the "Catfish Corner". Ummm good.
PS - For sale: 100 gallons of bottled water, 12 cases of granola bars, ham radio, 2 generators (never taken out of the box), 50 gold Krugerands, and 3 months-worth of baby food & formula. Please pay in check... I have lots of cash laying around.
PPS - The picture of the two "dudes" at the top of the page(thanks Johnny Rai) is from "The Big Lebowsky"... a solid 3 1/2 bill-stars! Check it out... duude!