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Y2K Hectic or Hype Y2K is the abbreviation for the phrase year 2000 and it is the same type of people who abbreviated the Y2K problem that got us here in the first place The Y2K problem was created at the birth of the computer but was not taken seriously until roughly fifteen years ago To be able to evaluate the severity of the problem you must have a broad mind and a boat load of computer know-how Likewise to grasp how minuscule the problem is you must also possess these same attributes Everyone has knowledge of the Y2K problem but in case you are one of the few that forgot to turn on your television read a newspaper and talk to other people over the past few years here is an explanation of what brought us to this In order to save money the computer industry developed a standard for writing dates at the beginning of the computer era This method was that all computers automatically converted any year designated by two numbers such as 99 into 1999 by adding the digits 19 wwwyear2000com p 1 The problem with this is that when the date in a computer adjusts from 99 to 00 it will recognize the 00 as 1900 Suppose someone was born in 1955 In 1999 a computer registers them as being 44 years old Nonetheless in the year 2000 a computer will calculate them as being -55 years old This has the potential to be a worldwide crisis if everyone sits back and allows it to occur The Y2K problem was first addressed nationally in Computer World magazine in 1984 An analyst at an auto manufacturer presented the article He stressed the point that if computer manufacturers did not act fast to correct the bug now that it could impose a threat to consume the computer world as we know it Later he was fired for pushing management past
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