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As the Millennial sun rose over human civilization in the independent republic of Kiribati a group of some thirty low lying coral islands in the Pacific Ocean that straddle the equator and the International Date Line the reality of the Y2K bug became apparent This long awaited sunrise marks the dawn of the year 2000 Kiribatis 81000 Micronesians observed nothing different about this dawn they only received TV in 1989 y2ksupplycom However those who live in a world that relies on satellites air rail and ground transportation manufacturing plants electricity heat telephones or TV experienced a true millennial shift or not We finally saw the extent of the networked and interdependent processes we had created At the stroke of midnight the new millenium closed the greatest challenge to modern society we have responded to yet We didnt experience this event as chaos or social transformation I am describing the year 2000 problem known as Y2K K signifying 1000 Nicknamed at first The Millennial Bug increasing sensitivity even escalated the nickname to The Millennial Bomb The problem begins as a simple technical error Large mainframe computers more than ten years old were not programmed to handle a four digit year Sitting here now safely in the year 2000 it seems incomprehensible that computer programmers and microchip designers didnt plan for it Programmers did whatever was required to get a product up and working no one even thought about standards This computer bug has been predicted to impact the world anywhere from a minor problem to the end of a civilization Whichever view you took on the subject it is clear that this bug had a definite impact on the economy Whichever view anyone took on this issue didnt really matter because the point is that everyone thought about it and dealt with the issue in his or her own way In order to understand the Y2K bug we must first understand what it is
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