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Y2k Hype or Hope You wake up in the morning of January 1 2000 and you look at your alarm clock the infamous flashing 1200 Why didnt it go off There was no storm last night no power outages The worlds biggest problem has just begun the millennium bug has spread across the globe You try to call your friends no dial tone Could this Twilight Zone episode be happening Possibly but we dont know for sure Could the predictions of the year 2000 be true or a lot of scare tactics for the public There are quite a few issues to deal with in this world wide dilemma Most people dont know the reason behind the Y2k bug Most people will say This wont happen they have it all under control Even if it doesnt you better be aware of it Everyone around the world is computer dependent no matter how you look at it First lets look at the problem Back in the 60s and 70s when computers were being born they were very expensive and in order to save memory costs we designed computer codes to read only two digits instead of four The computer reads dates as MMDDYY so for the date March 8 1999 the computer would read it as 030899 What will happen if we input Jan 1 2000 Will 010100 appear as Jan 1 1900 or Jan 1 2000 The computers dont know The problem is that the computers could possibly date us back 100 years Everything in our world from phone companies to the grocery store is computerized If this takes affect we will have problems accessing food money and getting in touch with family and friends Many companies including the government are making an effort but there are still millions of code to analyze and fix It is estimated that 600 Billion US is needed to fix this worldwide problem The so-called doomsayers
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