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The year 2000 problem could have been completely prevented had some early people envisioned the degree to which the microprocessor would change our lives Surely no one would have thought that in the early days of ENIAC that everything from your alarm clock to your car would be computerized Even the IT managers of the 80s could not be blamed The disk space savings from dropping the two digits of the date over 100 Million Records would represent almost 200 Megabytes Space requirements aside overhead on search times and disk loadingaccess are also added Surely one could have designed a system whereby the program would be aware of the century regardless of the data records used Hindsight is always 2020 however and this was almost never the case Regardless where you address the problem from the year 2000 problem is a huge expensive and international one In many cases it is a problem lined with doubt as to its effects This paper will analyze the various aspects to the year 2000 problem classical and software solutions to the problem and present the authors ideas on how a systematic approach to the millennia virus can prevent doomsday from becoming a reality for many information technology managers and their corporations What specifically is this millennia virus to begin with There has been much talk about it and most people know it has something to do with the date formats and how the computer processes them How it is affecting that processing is what the key to implementing a solution is There are several forms the bug will metamorphose into For example Field Date Processing Time based calculations Hardware failure Will all be affected by the problem OLD will seem YOUNG a FEW moments will seem like an ENTIRE century FUTURE events will have ALREADY occurred -- Duncan G Connall Global Software Inc Scope of Problems The scope of
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