Yesterday when TechRepublic's Twitter account put the call out asking if anyone had seen any leap year bugs, I did not expect Microsoft to reply in the affirmative.
An update on the Windows Azure blog tells the grim tale. On Feb 28, 5:45pm Pacific Standard Time, Azure operations tracked down a software bug to time calculations that were incorrect due to the leap year.
Nine hours later, service was resumed to most of Azure's customers, but some were still experiencing issues at the time of writing.
Microsoft has said that it will provide a root cause analysis at the end of this incident.
It's a reminder that even the mightiest can fall foul of bugs that really should have been sorted out years ago, and one expects better from a company the size of Microsoft.
Closer to home, and the NAB-owned Health Industry Claims and Payments Service had a problem with the entire existence of February 29. "Someone forgot to add the 29th of February," a source told the Sydney Morning Herald.
If you suffered the same fate yesterday, take solace in the fact that you are not alone, and a system as big as Azure can fall over as well.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.