LETTER : Bug-winner

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The Independent Online
Sir: I would like to award 10 out of 10 for effort to Dr David Winterbourne for his suggestion to beat the Millennium Bug (Letters, 20 April). Although his solution might work in a number of cases, there is a lot of software in use for which the original programming language code no longer exists. In these situations, it would be impossible to add his bug-fix to the software.

I, like many others, see the Millennium Bug as a godsend rather than a problem. As a freelance software engineer, the bug is likely to provide me with work for at least the next four years.

Phil Rogers

Dorchester, Dorset