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Y2K Compliancy Statement - Trigeminal Software, Inc. (English)

Y2K Compliancy Statement for
Trigeminal Software, Inc.

I really did NOT want to do this page. Unfortunately I am really sick of answering individual e-mails on this topic, so I do hope that this page will resolve your questions.

Of the tools on this site, none of them even use dates at all! So obviously there are no "Y2K" issues in them. Therefore, the whole question is not applicable, is it? Don't bother answering, it was a rhetorical question.

To get into semantics a bit, compliancy has many definitions, none of which really seem applicable to the question being asked, as they all have to do with yielding to the will of others. As a rule, the utilities I write yield to no one! However, they do not conflict with the year 2000 and they get along with it without crashing and dying, so you could say that they are compatible with year 2000. A much more accurate term (besides, what the heck would "yielding to the year 2000" mean anyway?).

Let me further add that if you had actually spent any time looking at the tools and what they do, you would have understood this without even asking. And if you are some person charged with checking all tools, you could have asked the person who actually made use of the utility. And if no one is making use of it, then why the heck do you care about the utility's Y2K status anyway? :-)

As a separate note, and to address the one question that gets the most e-mails, I did, under contract with Microsoft, write the Replication Conflict Viewer that ships with SQL Server 7.0 and Office 2000. It is not owned by my company and it was actually a bug that "Trigeminal Software, Inc." is listed in the binary as the company (this is apparently a little-known feature of Visual Basic 6.0). It has been fixed in later versions, and my company, not owning it, cannot make any "official" statements on its compliancy since it is not owned by TSI. Unofficially, let me state that the Viewer was designed to always display four-digit years, irregardless of the machine's control panel settings. It was written with VB6, which uses the "sliding window" provided by oleaut32.dll to interpret any dates that a user might type in that have 2 digits. So I can unofficially state that it should meet the guidelines for compatibility with the year 2000 as set out by Microsoft. However, I will not make an official statement to that effect as legally I have no right to do so. If you need more of a statement than that, I suggest you talk to Microsoft, as they own the Viewer.

As another separate note, the Access 97 "Partial Replica Wizard" that was released to the web by Microsoft was also written by TSI for Microsoft, and it also has the name of Michael Kaplan and the company listed as author and company in its "Database Properties." I never knew this feature existed either, but many people have found it and asked for Y2K compliancy [sic] statements. This bug was fixed in Access 2000, for what its worth. For that tool, let me say that it never displays dates, ever. If you set a partial replica filter on a date column and type in a two-digit year, then that filter will be sent to DAO, thence to Jet, thence to the expression service, and finally to oleaut32.dll, which will handle a two-digit year using the same "sliding window" that is referenced above. So it can also be said by me (unofficially) to be Y2K compliant. However, I will not make an official statement to that effect as legally I once again have no right to do so. If you need more of a statement than that, I suggest you talk to Microsoft, as they own the Wizard and they also own the underlying DAO, Jet, expression service, and all of the components involved.

So in the end the year 2000 is either not relevant to the available utilities created by Trigeminal Software, Inc., or the tools do not belong to TSI. Therefore there really is no official Y2K statement to make. If you have further questions, you may mail them to y2k@trigeminal.com. Please be aware of the fact that the server will throw all such inquiries away without review, so you will not receive an answer; but if it makes you feel better to send mail as some sort catharsis, then TSI has made the option available to you.

Now leave me alone about it.

Michael Kaplan
Trigeminal Software, Inc.
November 8th, 1999


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