Sunday, January 13, 2008
Microsoft Y2K bug circa 1998?
So this will make a fabulous second post for my second blog.
On January 8th of this week my parents received a phone call which they dodged because the call was coming through at 11:00 p.m. at night.
The next day they retrieved the voicemail message which was from Microsoft technical support calling *me* back to see if my problem has been resolved.
I told my folks that the caller was obviously phishing for information for some kind of identity theft and that neither they or I should return a call to the toll free number. I hadn't lived with my parents for many years and it didn't make sense for Microsoft to have called me at their home number.
But then after I calmed down, I reversed phone searched the toll free number which appeared to be a legitimate Microsoft Number.
Then I recalled that I had called Microsoft not once, but twice (possibly as many as 3 different times).
I remember in the past year or so when I called Microsoft and the problem was not resolved (BSOD after Microsoft patch) that Microsoft did call me back the next day to see if i made any progress in my little computer crises (which I though was super cool of them... I was really impressed)...
but wait a second .... or wait 315,569,260 seconds ....
Microsoft hadn't done this (call me back that is) the first time I called ... and I called many years ago.... but that must have been when I was living at home with my parents..... which is why they called me at my parents phone number.
Look at the top of your keyboard....
On January 7, 1998
a Tech Support person typed into their database to call me back the next day...
but instead of typing 1/8/98 they typed 1/8/08
Instead of typing the "9" right next to it they typed "0"
Microsoft had called me back 10 years later!
More on this story as it develops...