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Some people wonder what Y2K is and whether it is true or false Should we be worried about Y2K Some people are sure it is false yet the news stresses that it is true This has many people in fear for their life Some have been preparing for over a year now because they think Y2K is going to hit and the power will go out and absolutely nothing will work Should we believe this Many people ask What is Y2K It made me wonder one day What does Y2K really mean I went to the search engine Altavista and typed in What does Y2K stand for I looked and looked and finally found a page that answered mine and many others questions Y2K stands for Year 2000 Why K though Why not Y2T It is K because the Greek for thousand is Kilo so we use K to stand for thousandThen comes another big question What causes Y2K There are two different factors in what causes Y2K One factor being Along time ago approximately in the 70s different operating systems were being made for computers The computer programmers decided to make the dates in these operating systems and programs with 2 digits73 instead of 41973 That was all fine until about the early 90s when computer programmers noticed something They saw that when the year 2000 rolled around the computers would read the date as 00 instead of 2000 The computer would think 1900 but I was made in 1973 This confuses the computer therefore it resets its self to 1980 and rearranges all of the settings in the BIOS the programs that tells the computer which drive to load to what kind of memory what kind of CD-ROM the computer has etc This could cause a problem but nothing that could not be fixed in 5 minutes One downfall to that is every time it got up to 2000 it would need to
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