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The year 2000 problem could have been completely prevented had someearly people envisioned the degree to which the microprocessor wouldchange our lives Surely no one would have thought that in the earlydays of ENIAC that everything from your alarm clock to your car would becomputerized Even the IT managers of the 80s could not be blamed Thedisk space savings from dropping the two digits of the date over 100Million Records would represent almost 200 Megabytes Space requirementsaside overhead on search times and disk loadingaccess are also addedSurely one could have designed a system whereby the program would beaware of the century regardless of the data records used Hindsight isalways 2020 however and this was almost never the caseRegardless where you address the problem from the year 2000 problem isa huge expensive and international one In many cases it is a problemlined with doubt as to its effects This paper will analyze the variousaspects to the year 2000 problem classical and software solutions tothe problem and present the authors ideas on how a systematic approachto the millennia virus can prevent doomsday from becoming a realityfor many information technology managers and their corporationsWhat specifically is this millennia virus to begin with There hasbeen much talk about it and most people know it has something to dowith the date formats and how the computer processes them How it isaffecting that processing is what the key to implementing a solution isThere are several forms the bug will metamorphose into For example Field Date ProcessingWill all be affected by the problem OLD will seem YOUNG a FEWmoments will seem like an ENTIRE century FUTURE events will have-- Duncan G Connall Global Software IncThe scope of this problem is immense The awareness and informationavailable on this problem is growing rapidly as a observation of therate at which the amount of information available on the Internet hasbeen growing An advanced search of year AND 2000 AND problem throughthe Altavista index
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