scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 716
The Y2K problem the year 2000 bug and the millenium bug are all different names for the same major problem that all computers face once the clock strikes midnight January 1 2000 Some say that it is only a minor glitch yet some experts refer to it as Armageddon The problem stems from old systems which store the year portion of dates in two-digit form ie 1997 is stored as 97 Years ago COBOL programmers used this approach to conserve memory because it was very costly then This actually is a very ingenious system because it is simple it saves a lot of memory and it works However the original programmers overlooked one major problem When the century or millenium changes to a year ending in 00 the computer will misinterpret the 00 to mean 1900 instead of 2000 Some people also point out that the systems may not be able to recognize the year 2000 as a leap year because it is only one out of every four centuries that is a leap year causing the computer to skip February 29 2000 if it even makes it past January 1 The most devastating issue with the Y2K problem is the fact that nobody knows exactly what is going to happen Experts are unable to determine how a system is going to react when it encounters 1200 AM January 1 2000 It may just reset to January 1 1900 it may lock up or it may crash Y2K is not isolated to any one piece of hardware or software in a system The problem may lie in any one of the system components Even with computers with Year 2000 Compliant or Ready software such as Microsoft Windows 98 it is not guaranteed that the system as a whole is Y2K compliant The failure of programs on the computer is not the only problem Some hardware components could be affected as well An example of a
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA