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Year 2000

Acorn NMR and the Year 2000

Acorn NMR does not have a “Year 2000 Policy”.

However, we do not anticipate any disruption of spectroscopy services or administrative functions as a result of the date change. The database used for tracking samples has been tested and shown to handle correctly dates after 1/1/2000.

NUTS software and the Year 2000

Each user’s computer has a unique hardware and software configuration. Numerous operations within NUTS depend on interaction with the operating system, the local network, etc. It is not feasible to determine how different components might interact in all possible configurations.

The only operation within NUTS which involves dates is the process of comparing the compile date of the copy of NUTS being executed with the support date of the user’s license file. If the compile date does not fall within the user’s support period, NUTS reverts to functioning as a “demo”. This statement excludes any user configuration of the network or operating system and their possible impacts on operating system calls used by NUTS.

We have tested NUTS (versions compiled Dec 97 and later) with our network configuration by setting the computer date to after January 1, 2000, and have not observed any problems which could be associated with the date change. Users who are concerned about NUTS operation in their organization with its unique hardware and software configuration can test the function of their copies of NUTS on their own systems and networks by changing the date on their computers to past January 1, 2000, and then executing NUTS. If problems are encountered with this test or with NUTS operation after January 1, 2000, contact Acorn NMR. It is our goal to resolve all technical problems our customers have with the use of our software whenever possible.

NMR data from older spectrometers

On some older spectrometers, the date is represented with 2 digits. They may or may not consider “00” as a valid date. If “00” is not accepted, the software may override the input value and set the date to a different year. As these systems are no longer supported by the manufacturer, there is no way to obtain a “patch” to correct the problem. Date stamps on data acquired on these systems after 2000 will be incorrect.

We have attempted to modify the import filters in NUTS to compensate for the incorrect dates created by these spectrometers. Specifics are given below. It is important that users understand that these incorrect dates do not originate with NUTS.

NT spectrometers — The 1280 computer uses 2 digits for the year, and “00” is not recognized as a valid value when input as the year. Acorn NMR’s suggested method for compensating is to set the date on the 1280 to be 20 years earlier than the actual date (set as “80” instead of 2000, set as “81” instead of 2001). The NUTS import filter for NT data has been modified to interpret any date earlier than 1985 as an artificial date, and will add 20 years to the date. All dates are displayed using 4 digits for the year. This modification is included in all versions of NUTS compiled after May 1999.

Bruker Aspect-based spectrometers — On the data files we have seen, the year is represented by 2 digits, but “00” is a valid input value. NUTS converts this to a 4-digit date by assuming that any value less than “80” must represent a date after 2000. This modification is included in all versions of NUTS compiled after June 1999.

 

Excerpted from the NUTS License Agreement:

Warranty disclaimer
The program is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of the program is with the Licensee. Should the program prove defective, the Licensee (and not Acorn NMR or its dealers) assumes the entire cost for all necessary repair or correction.
Acorn NMR does not warrant that the functions contained in the program will meet the Licensee’s requirements or that the operation of the program will be uninterrupted or error free.

Limitation of remedies
In the event that the computer media on which the program is provided is defective in materials or workmanship, the exclusive remedy is limited to its replacement, or a refund of the purchase price therefore, by Acorn NMR in accordance with its applicable product return and replacement policies. In no event will Acorn NMR or its dealers be Liable to the Licensee for any damages, including lost profits, lost savings, or other incidental or consequential damages arising from the use or inability to use the program (whether or not due to any defects therein) even if Acorn NMR or its dealers have been advised of the possibility of such damages, or for any claim by any other party.

As an item of general interest, see information about the year 2000 and leap years.