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Computer Bug Gets 105-Year-Old

November 3, 1998

ECHALLENS, Switzerland (AP) _ A 105-year-old retired Swiss teacher was ordered to attend elementary school, thanks to a computer that cut a century off his age.

The mix-up happened because a list of local residents had only the last two digits of his birth date, Roland Dougoud, town hall secretary in the western city of Echallens, said Tuesday.

So the man, along with 65 5-year-olds in the town, received a letter ordering him to start school.

As a result, ``we have changed the computer program in question,″ Dougoud said.

Millions of computers around the world must be reprogrammed to recognize the year 2000. Normally, they read only a year’s last two digits, which could make them assume it is 1900.

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