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The Year 2000 Problem

Part one of term paper
Less than two years until the year 2000. Two seemingly small digits may turn January 1, 2000 from a worldwide celebration into a universal nightmare. With computers mistaking the year 2000 for 1900, virtually all businesses that use dates will be affected. Not only will the companies be affected, but also they are paying millions upon million ...

Part two of term paper
... described the problem quite well. “We programmed computers to store the date in the following format: dd/mm/yy. This only allows 2 digits for the year. January 1, 2000 would be stored as 01/01/00. But the computer will interpret this as January 1, 1900- not 2000” (de Jager 1). The ‘19’ is “hard-coded” into computer hardware and software. Since there are only 2 physical spaces for the year in this date format, after ‘99’, the only logical choice is to reset the number to ‘00’. is ...

Word count: 2118 | Approximate pages: 8

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