# Thread: Programming isn't a piece of cake...

1. ## Programming isn't a piece of cake...

Coincidentally, three examples of naff programming have turned up in recent days:
1. <LI>the Microsoft Zune player end-of-leap-year bug<LI>the Sony Clock Radio midnight wakeup bug (read the reviews)<LI>the "expiring software because we left old code in" bug
Those who weren't around for the Millennium Bug (or couldn't spell it!) are doomed to repeat it...

2. ## Re: Programming isn't a piece of cake...

At least, in #3, the recommendation ("Visit www.thinkboradband.com to download new version") was correct....

I haven't heard (yet) about problems caused by the extra second that was tacked onto December 31, 2008.

3. ## Re: Programming isn't a piece of cake...

No problems, just early for all my appointments. <img src=/S/notmyfault.gif border=0 alt=notmyfault width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

4. ## Re: Programming isn't a piece of cake...

That explains why it was such a long year. Not only a leap year, but an extra long day at the end,

5. ## Re: Programming isn't a piece of cake...

We've had to work an extra 1d 0h 0m 1s without pay, of course...

6. ## Re: Programming isn't a piece of cake...

Not only work without pay.

In Australia mortgage repayments are usually calculated daily using annual mortgage rate divided by 365. Which means that we pay an extra days mortgage to the banks. To say nothing about the repayments on that extra second.

7. ## Re: Programming isn't a piece of cake...

The difference of 1 day isn't huge. The real clincher is dividing the annual mortgage rate by the number of days. Since interest is cumulative, this results in a larger effective annual rate than the one advertised.
For example, if the nominal annual rate is 6%, the effective rate is 6.18% in a normal year and 6.20% in a leap year.
See the attached Excel workbook.

8. ## Re: Programming isn't a piece of cake...

Oddly enough, my Tivo program guide would not recognize anything in 2009 (nor record anything), until 12:01am on January 1st, when, magically, 2009 appeared and suddenly I had 35 shows in my To Do List instead of 0. I could only attribute it to this extra second.

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