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Boogie Pensacola Y2K Coverage

Y2K Bugs That Have Already Hit

Computers that assume that the year starts with "19" will malfunction in the year 2000. Depending on how their software was written, the effect could be trivial or it could crash the system.

What effects might the Y2K bug have on your daily life? To answer that question, take a look at a few of the hundreds of Y2K-related bugs that have already occurred.

Problems Caused By Testing

The following real-world Y2K problems occurred when organizations tested their computers by setting the date ahead to 2000. These problems have all been fixed.

Problems Caused By Fixes

In many cases, repairing old programs was so difficult that businesses simply wrote new ones. However, hastily-written new software tends to have other bugs:

Unexpected Y2K Bugs

The Y2K bug itself has reared its head many times in 1999. The following are all examples of Y2K bugs that weren't discovered until they were triggered:

As you can see, most of the problems will be trivial, but annoying. Someone once predicted that the Y2K bug will be like "walking into a cloud of mosquitos." Expect to see "1900" in a lot of places.

Y2K Myths
Myth: Complete Shutdown

When most people hear that a computer system has a Y2K problem, they assume the worst, but that's usually not the case. For example, nuclear power plants likely have Y2K problems somewhere -- but they won't cause a radiation-spewing meltdown. More likely, the bug would show up in a clock punching the wrong date on a worker's time card.

Myth: Y2K Only Affects Older Computers

The Y2K bug is often defined as "older computers" misreading the date. However, very recent programs have had Y2K bugs. For example, in December 1999, Microsoft announced changes in the Year 2000 compliance status of more than 500 of its products, including some as recent as Excel 2000. As of late December, Microsoft still has not released Y2K fixes for all its software.

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