The headline is nice, but reading the article reveals the following
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However, Murphy's Law--whatever can go wrong, will go wrong--is particularly
true for technology, so Mac users are advised to test-drive their clocks
with the big date. Also, some applications originally written for PCs may
have two-digit-date programming that skulked into the Mac version, so it's
advisable to ask application manufacturers if you need to upgrade. It's also
important to check anything homegrown on your Mac; office hacks who've
whipped up spreadsheet and database programs may have unwittingly written
years with two digits instead of four.
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So, as we on Team Ada all know, the problem is not only (and perhaps not
primarily) a hardware problem, but a SOFTWARE problem.
PC BIOSs have been written to avoid the problem for several years, now, so
there are many PCs which do not have a problem with the COMPUTER, but whose
software will be a problem. In fact, given the ratio of PCs to Macs, I
would hazard a guess that there are more Y2K-compliant PCs in existence,
than all flavors of Apple computers combined.
There is a website called NSTL (National Software Testing Laboratories)
Online which has a utility that will check your computer to see if it is
Y2000 compatible. The utility is called YMark2000. NSTL will put its seal
of compliance on your companies computer for a fee. At any rate, the
utility is free for personal testing. You might want to check it out at:
David C. Hoos, Sr.
From: jim hopper <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sunday, April 12, 1998 2:24 PM
Subject: Re: CFCSEIC News Briefs Week Ending April 10, 1998(Y2k Problems)
>What the Ada needs is an article like the following that was run recently
>in Inc magazine about the Y2k. Perhaps someone could get the author of
>this article to do something similar for Ada??
>This tidbit is from:
>E. Barnes, <[log in to unmask]>
>I just received my listing of the latest Inc magazine's online issue.
>Nice one on the Y2K problem...that Mac's don't have. Enjoy.
>"Macs and the Millennium: The Year 2000 Bug will be a problem for
>everyone except those wise enough to be using Macs instead of PCs. Shane
>McLaughlin's Inc. Extra story looks at how Apple is saving its users from
>sweating it out:"
>At a recent computer software engineering course in the US, the
>were given an awkward question to answer. "If you had just boarded an
>airliner and discovered that your team of programmers had been responsible
>for the flight control software, how many of you would disembark
> unknown author