Speak Freely

Year 2000 Compliance

Brian C. Wiles
April 8, 1999

  Many people are concerned with the Year 2000 and what disasters, if any, that it will bring.  While I have my own personal opinions as to what will happen on January 1st, I will not state them here.  This page is for the discussion of Speak Freely and how it will perform after January 1, 2000.

Is Speak Freely Year 2000 Compliant?

  Before I answer that, let me ask you this: Are YOU Year 2000 Compliant?  When you write the date down, do you use 4 digits or just 2?  Let's take that a step further.  Do your credit cards expire in 00 or 2000?  How about your driver's license, does it expire in 00 or 2000?

  As you can see, while one component may properly handle the new century, not all do.  This is the point I wanted to establish with Speak Freely.  The program itself, as written by John Walker and myself, does not have a problem with the Year 2000.  However, if the operating system on which it runs does not properly handle the 4 digit year, then Speak Freely may not function properly.  Chances are though, if the O/S breaks, Speak Freely will not be the only program affected and would be the least of your worries at that point.

  With that said, if you have received a copy of Speak Freely that is not from one of the official distribution sites, I cannot guarantee that it has not been modified by someone else in a way that would rely on a 2-digit date.  In short, if you received Speak Freely from someone else, ask them if their version is Year 2000 Compliant, or just try it out for yourself.  That's the only way you'll ever know with 100% certainty.