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    Note that the OpenVMS time display and manipulation routines allow for only 4 digits in the ‘YEAR’ field. We expect this to be corrected in a future release of OpenVMS sometime prior to 31-DEC-9999.

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      “why is this not fixed yet? I filed this issue 3,000 years ago! Lazy devs!”

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      This is such a well-reasoned and smart approach to time representation for computing, I’m sad that it wasn’t adopted more widely (namely, by UNIX systems of the time) but it’s also more complex than counting the number of seconds.

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        The worse solution is clearly the better one.

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        Interesting. And I thought January 1st, 1601 was weird