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Fiction Fantasy and Fact The Mad Scramble for the Elusive Silver Bullet and the Clock Ticks Away The year 2000 is practically around the corner promising a new era of greatness and wonder as long as you dont own a computer or work with one The year 2000 is bringing a Pandoras Box of gifts to the computer world and the latch is slowly coming undone The year 2000 bug is not really a bug or virus but is more a computer industry mistake Many of the PCs mainframes and software out there are not designed or programmed to compute a future year ending in double zeros This is going to be a costly fix for the industry to absorb In fact Mike Elgan who is the editor of Windows Magazine says the problem could cost businesses a total of 600 billion to remedy p 1 The fallacy that mainframes were the only machines to be affected was short lived as industry realized that 60 to 80 million home and small business users doing math or accounting etc on Windows 31 or older software are just as susceptible to this bug Can this be repaired in time For some it is already too late A system that is devised to cut an annual federal deficit to 0 by the year 2002 is already in hot water Data will become erroneous as the numbers just dont add up anymore Some PC owners can upgrade their computers BIOS or complete operating system and upgrade the OS operating system to Windows 95 this will set them up for another 99 years Older software however may very well have to be replaced or at the very least upgraded The year 2000 has become a two-fold problem One is the inability of the computer to adapt to the MMDDYY issue while the second problem is the
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