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Fiction Fantasy and FactThe Mad Scramble for the Elusive Silver Bullet and the Clock Ticks AwayWayne AndersonNovember 7 1996The year 2000 is practically around the corner promising a new era of greatness andwonder as long as you dont own a computer or work with one The year 2000 isbringing aPandoras Box of gifts to the computer world and the latch is slowly coming undone The year 2000 bug is not really a bug or virus but is more acomputer industrymistake Many of the PCs mainframes and software out there are not designed orprogrammed to compute a future year ending in double zeros This is going to be a costlyfixfor the industry to absorb In fact Mike Elgan who is the editor of Windows Magazinesays the problem could cost businesses a total of 600 billion to remedy p 1The fallacy that mainframes were the only machines to be affected was short lived asindustryrealized that 60 to 80 million home and small business users doing math or accounting etconWindows 31 or older software are just as susceptible to this bug Can thisbe repaired intime For some it is already too late A system that is devised to cut an annual federaldeficit to0 by the year 2002 is already in hot water Data will become erroneous as thenumbers justdont add up anymore Some PC owners can upgrade their computers BIOS or completeoperating system and upgrade the OS operating system to Windows 95 this will set themupfor another 99 years Older software however may very well have to be replaced or at theveryleast upgradedThe year 2000 has become a two-fold problem One is the inability of the computer toadapt to the MMDDYY issue while the second problem is the reluctance to which we seemtobe willing to address the impact it will have Most IS information system people areeitherunconcerned or unprepared Let me give you a short take on the problem
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