Remember The Y2K Bug?

Well, that was the biggest unnecessary panic as the clocks rolled over to the year 2000 and nothing happened. (My dog sneezed, but I’m not sure that had anything to do with his programming.)

But what caught us by surprise was the “Y2K9-1day Bug”, the results of which were devastating.

Last night, at around 11pm (Alaska time), my first-generation 30gb Zune got stuck on the boot-up screen. My daughter had just been touching it, so I thought she must have done something to it. After many attempts at all the various button-pressing-combinations that are supposed to restart it with no luck, I took to fixing things my way — which my wife will explain as me taking things apart into as many individual pieces as possible, and then throwing it all in a bag and stuffing it in a drawer.

I took it apart, pulled the battery out, reformatted the hard drive, reinstalled the software, and nothing would get it past the boot-up screen. I was up until 2am — knowing I wake up at 5:30am — trying to fix the thing. You see, I have a self-diagnosed obsessive-compulsive tendency that requires me to be listening to something or I won’t be able to fall asleep. I finally gave up and went to bed with my step-son’s unaffected Zune and listened to the history of Buddhism by Jinananda. (It was pretty clever of me to get him a Zune for Christmas, eh?)

Today, a simple google search revealed to me that my daughter was innocent of her crimes, and that everyone with the same device as me experienced the exact same problem, at the exact same time. There’s some sort of time-bomb software glitch that caused them all to restart and freeze up simultaneously.

Obi-Wan Kenobi was asked for comment:

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

Talk about an understatement.

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  1. What's this new explanation about it being due to 2008 being a leap year? I don't get it. If it was gonna screw up because of that, why didn't it happen on Feb 29th? Or have Zunes been off a day for 10 months & no one noticed?

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