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Computers In 2000
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Computers In 2000

Computers In 2000

Computers In 2000
Only Available in Archive Formats.

GUESTS: Ann Coffou/ Managing Director, Giga Information Group Year 2000 Relevance Service Contributing Author, Year 2000 Problem: Strategies and Solutions from the Fortune 100 (International Thompson Press, 1997) Kathy Adams/ Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Systems, Social Security Administration Chairperson, Year 2000 Subcommittee of the Chief Information Officers Experts predict that a quirk in many computers could bring businesses and government agencies to a grinding halt at the turn of the century. The Millennium Problem, as it's called, has to do with the way dates are entered into mainframe computers. Since most computers contain two-digit dates, 97 instead of 1997, when the system sees the entry 00, it'll read it as 1900 instead of 2000. Join host Ray Suarez for a look at why the "millennium bug" is causing major headaches and what's being done to prevent the year 2000's computer crash.

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