The "Millennium Bug"
until the Year 2000
to you by
FROM CYBERSPACE! (SM)
A serious problem exists in many computers and programs in use today.
It is a result of the earliest days of computing, when computer
memory systems had very limited storage capacities. Because most
information systems and databases were developed only allowing for 2
digits to represent the year (e.g., 96 for 1996), when we move into
the next century in the year 2000 systems with 2-digit year fields
may fail to operate or may give erroneous results. Many of
these programs are still in use today. In addition, an incredible
amount of data using two digit years has been accumulated and is also
still in use. The two digit years only work if you assume that the
first two digits are '19'. In the year 2000, that assumption is no
The "Millennium Bug" (or "Year 2000 Bug") is a very
serious issue. Many important calculations are done based on two
digit dates, and when these calculations become unreliable, there
will be serious consequences. Some businesses may go bankrupt because
of the computer problems that will occur when New Year's Day 2000 AD
rolls around. It is possible in almost all cases to fix the problem,
or at least delay it for a few more years. The time to start doing
something about it is now. It might already be too late for
One hundred years ago the problem was simply changing
preprinted forms, checks, invoices etc. with the markings 18__
to 19__ so the year could be inserted in the blank space. Now
the issue is not that easy to fix!
Top 10 Reasons For Not Worrying
The Year 2000 Fuss
1. You're not using computers yet, because
you're waiting for the prices to come down.
2. You know how to trick the computer to keep the date
at December 31, 1999.
3. You only use vendor supplied software and they told
you it will work.....in writing!
4. You don't have the energy to worry about it right
now, because you're still upset about the Giants loss to the
5. You're hoping that the Government (Democrats) will
legislate that the century be skipped and we go directly to
the 22nd century.
6. You're convinced the Cigarette and Cigar industry
has conspired to make up this problem so people will worry
and smoke more. The government will figure this
out and tell them to stop or Janet Reno will investigate
7. You are planning to change your computer system or
job by then.
8. January 1, 2000 falls on a Saturday, and Monday is
a holiday...you'll have lots of time over the weekend.
If your computer system isn't up in time, you'll have a new
excuse not to pay your bills. "We're suffering from
that year 2000 bug and can't write checks." Vendors
and creditors will understand.
9. Bill Gates will include the fix for free in
Windows2000. It will be bundled with Internet Explorer
and the Department of Justice will have to concede or they
won't get paid!
10. Computers are just a fad and slide rules are coming
Macintosh Related Links
Year 2000 Compliance Links
- IBM Year 2000
Equipment Corporation and the Year 2000/Millennium
- Sun's y2000
- AnswerThink Consulting Group
- The SABRE Group
- Cisco IOS
Software is Year 2000 Compliant
Business Solutions Inc.
Associates International, Inc.
- IBM RPG MIDRANGE
Jager & Company Limited
Mean Time Limited
- MAINWARE Inc.
- McCabe &
- Micro Focus
Software Services, Inc.
- SAS Institute,
- SCB Computer
- SEEC, Inc.
Recovery Company, Inc.
- Vega &
- Viasoft, Inc.
2000 Conversion Factory
Other Year 2000 Links
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