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Almost everyone has heard the term Y2k but most have no clue what it means This research paper will explain what it means what is to blame and possible effects the problem could have in the future Although the issue seems a simple even pointless one on the surface once examined you can discover many separate causes and implications and how widespread this problem actually is The genuine meaning of the Year 2000 Bug also known as Y2k Y representing Year k stands for thousand or Millennium Time Bomb is simple to understand It represents the computers inability to differentiate between the years 2000 and 1900 It can be explained like this when the year part of a date is expressed using two digits as is the standard in computing the possible year value ranges from 00 to 99 When humans add 1 to 99 they will get the answer of 100 However if you tell a computer to do the same thing in the space of 2 digits it will come up with either 0 or 00 If you take the date 31999 and tell the computer to add 1 to the year part the result would look like 31900 To us humans the date will suggest that the year is 2000 but to a computer the year will be interpreted as 1900 This is where the problem starts The first question many ask when first learning about the Year 2000 problem is How was this allowed to happen The thought that so much damage could be done by so many people over such a long period of time and has gone so undetected is hard to believe And there is no single answer to that question its a combination of several business and technological problems Back when hard drive space was expensive in the 60s and 70s it was important to cut down on the amount of stored data in an application Character
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