THE MILLENNIUM BUG

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Y2K





THE MILLENNIUM BUG

The millennium bug, or Y2k is one of the most controversial subjects in the world right
now. Some people are packing food and clothes in their cellars to prepare for it. A lot
of people think the worst, and a lot of people do not care. Keeping an open mind about
all of it is a big part of getting through the problem.

The problem with the computers does not lie in their programming, but within all of us. We
abbreviated the year-date to two digits. Since we were lazy, and could not type two extra
digits every time we write the year, we have to pay the price now. Everyone’s
concern centers around the computer not knowing whether the year is 2000 or 1900. Only a
date represented as 4-digits can tell the system that, but computers have been designed to
only store 2 digits to represent the year date. To add to the confusion, the year 2000 is
a leap year (29 Days in February), and the computer will not know that if it cannot count
to year 2000. There is going to be an enormous amount of confusion that can not be
corrected, as of eliminating the problem. We can only adjust to the situation, and make
sure that everything is referenced as a 4-digit year.

We are a little too late, in that the problem occurs right throughout our computer and
associated systems. The use of a 2-digit year date has taken control. The consequences
of the problems that are going to come have not been taken seriously enough for action to
be taken until now. We have not caught up with our own technology, and soon we will not be
in control at all.

The label used to describe the situation is “non-year2000 compliant”. The
software built into most computers stores the date as 2-digits. A lot of program software
also treats the date as two digits, and will need patches and fixes to go into the year
2000. Data bases that store vital information could be messed up and produce mismatched
data. Spreadsheets may give wrong answers, and control-software could run out of sync. It
will effect everything from manufacture to supply. On top of that, the human interface is
also non-compliant, because we still represent the year-date as two digits. All this may
result in mix-ups to such things as electricity supply, food supply, and everything else
we rely on everyday.

The situation is going to require a lot of intelligent effort and organization if things
are going to be straightened out. Governments and large corporations to prevent problems
from arising have already spent millions of dollars. There have been meetings, seminars
etc., but we still do not have this under control. We cannot sit back and know that
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