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Y2K THE MILLENIUM BUG I What is the Problem The year 2000 problem has resulted from the common practice of using two digits to designate the calendar year instead of using four When the year 2000 arrives 2 digit year dates may be interpreted incorrectly causing many problems Computer hardware and software may not recognize 00 as an actual date and will not run properly or not at all Credit Card systems may not recognize 00 as a valid year for the expiration date making transactions for those cards with 00 as the expiration date impossible Day of the week calculations will be off Computers may interpret 1100 as Jan 1 1900 111900 was a Monday but 11200 is a Saturday so all day of the week calculations will be two days off The scope of this problem is world wide All products using the two digit technology are potentially at risk The Millennium Bug could be bring failure to everything from personal computers home security systems mainframes and telecommunications equipment The effects of the Year 2000 problem will be felt in homes business and government Year 2000 conformity shall mean that neither performance nor functionality is affected by dates prior to during and after the year 2000 According to the British Standards Institution Committee there are four general rules for Y2K compliance 1 No value for current dates will cause any interruption in operation 2 Date-based functionality must behave consistently for dates prior to during and after the year 2000 3 In all interfaces and data storage the century in any date must be specified either explicitly or by unambiguous algorithms or inferencing rules 4 The year 2000 must be recognized as a leap year Every body that deals with this problem must be ready To avoid the Y2K problems your computer must first be checked for compliance Software is available that can check your computer
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