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Y2K Bug Hits N.D. University

December 13, 1999

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) _ The University of North Dakota English department’s preliminary schedule for next fall shows a professor teaching a course about James Joyce in the fall of 1900, when the author was still a student in Ireland.

The schedule gaffe was the first time English department administrative secretary Ursula Hovet had seen evidence of the Y2K bug.

``I was amused,″ she said.

In this case, the problem was a hard-coded ``19″ in the date line of the preliminary schedule program. That caused the computer to keep the ``19″ when it rolled the date from fall 1999 to fall 2000, even though the ``99″ part of the year changed to ``00.″

``It was an oversight,″ said Dorette Kerian, interim director of UND’s computer center. She said it was quickly fixed.

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