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Tick Tick Tick The Year 2000 draws closer with every passing second Many have nothing to fear Why should they It sounds ridiculous being afraid of a year what could possibly go wrong The truth is that many things can happen not from the year itself but from a simple programming shortcut to save what was once invaluable memory People say that they do not need computers to live But then again many do not realize how much we depend on computers in our lives today When one goes to the ATM to get money for food he or she is using computers When someone starts up their car they are using computers When one calls another on the telephone they are using computers People use computers more then they think and when the computers turn back against them no one really knows what may happen When the Year 2000 comes many of these machines will look at the new year as the year 1900 Why Because back when programmers were setting up the dating system for the original computers they chose to just use the last two digits of the year to save space and back then every byte counted Called the Y2K problem this computer glitch could cause some major headaches The truth is time is running out it will take an enormous amount of work to fix and if we do not fix Y2K in time everyones lives will be affected The Y2K problem isnt just a minor inconvenience Its a ticking time bomb Is there really enough time to fix this potential disaster Nobody really knows the answer to this question It is possible that 50 of all the companies that will need to make changes will not be ready in time Famighetti 12 The year 2000 is only about a year away and a year is not a very long time for a problem this diverse and complex Problems resulting
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