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Was the Y2K Bug a Hoax Keith Best Perhaps the biggest news story of the 1999 was the Y2K bug Many believers in the Y2K bug panicked and took many precautions such as stocking up food and water before the New Year While their non-believer counterparts just look at it as a regular New Year and planned to do what they would normally do on New Years eve There was a lot of hoopla regarding the change of millennium Just as there was when the year changed from 999 to 1000 Many people were expecting something big to happen like judgement day or the return of Christ Just as people were expecting something big to happen on New Years 2000 The Y2K bug came about when the people who built computers were programming them they didnt have a lot of memory to work with so to save space they shortened the date For example December 31 1999 would be 123199 in the computer Experts said that the problem with this method is that computers cant distinguish 1900 from 2000 So when the date changed from December 31 1999 to January 1 2000 it was said that computers would recognize 2000 as 1900 thus thinking that some files were 100 years old When the date changed to 2000 many experts thought that computers would malfunction or shut down completely Some other problems that were predicted to go wrong with the millennium bug were communication devices that fail motor controllers for heat cooling and ventilation fail scientific equipment fails programmable devices such as VCRs microwave ovens and fax machines fail It was also thought that vendors upon whom we rely on to support products and services would be unable to do so It was furthermore feared that paychecks would not be distributed Some people prepared for the millennium bug and took it very seriously while others thought the whole thing to be
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