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Y2K is a Joke Everybody is wondering what is going to happen in the year 2000 Nobody really knows exactly what is going to happen Nevertheless a lot of business people are making money using scare tactics and hype to make people nervous about the future With all of the technology in todays society and everyone modernizing his or her computer there will not likely be a problem in the new millennium The issue of Y2K has been going on for several years now Hundreds of articles have been written about the Y2K issue The first article every written on the subject was back in the 80s An analyst at an auto manufacturer presented the first article on the Year 2000 and it was published in the 1984 issue of ComputerWorld Then he got fired for pushing management past the point of irritation on the subject Ulrich and Hayes 6 This shows that the people knew that there was going to be a problem but nobody wanted to mess with the issue at the time However Y2K has become one of the most popular issues in all media If computer geniuses had started working on the problem back when it was first brought up they probably would not have had to rush to make sure the programs are going to work The year 2000 is approaching fast and some problems may still exist on some computers Some people may not know what all the uproar is about The main issue dealing with Y2K is the date on computers which is represented by a two-digit number incorrect software will assume that the maximum value of a year field is 99 and will roll systems over to 00 which can be mistakenly interpreted as 1900 rather than 2000 resulting in negative date calculations and the creation of many overnight centenarians What is the Y2K problem Back when computers came out this system of assigning only two
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