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As mentioned in a previous thread, I have sent this file to various media outlets as an educational tool.

I suggest that others do the same. Or, just copy the file to disk and give it to your friends, relatives, the mail man, etc.

The following quotes were added:

It is now clear that a large number of Federal computing systems will simply not be prepared for January 2000. At the same time, the utilities industry, the financial services industry, the telecommunications industry, vital modes of transportation, and other indispensable industrial sectors are all at risk. It is time for the President to declare that the Year 2000 Problem is a National Priority. If sufficient progress is not made by an intermediate deadline, he may even need to escalate the Year 2000 Problem to a National Emergency. -Congressman Steven Horn, Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology, 10/8/98

Orders are up about 1,000 percent since the first of the year. And the amount of people who will want a generator now is nothing compared to the amount of people who will want a generator later. Now with this Y2K thing its gone crazy. -Loren Day, president, China Diesel Imports, the largest US distributor of diesel generators, whose shipments are 6 months behind as of 11/98

The American people need to be aware and be involved. We must have ongoing and realistic assessments of the potential for problems across the plethora of impacted services. A public caught off-guard by major failures on January 1, 2000 could result in devastating long-term impact on the welfare of this great nation. -Sergeant John S. Powell, University of California Police Dept., testifying before the Senate Special Committee, 10/2/98

Failure to complete year 2000 conversion could result in billions of dollars in benefits payments not being delivered. Potential problems states cited were that new recipients could not be added to the recipient file, eligibility for new applicants could not be determined, recipients could be denied benefits, payments could be underpaid or overpaid and payments could be delayed. -General Accounting Office (GAO) report, Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Readiness of State Automated Systems to Support Federal Welfare Programs, from Government Executive Magazine, 11/10/98

As one group of programmers works to make the system Y2K compliant, the far larger group maintains existing data and procedures. It updates data. But the two groups work will affect the performance of the repaired code. Disrupting changes can be introduced by either group. Thats why the final product must be tested. Thats why final testing and repairing takes 40% to 70% of the projects resources. Any large organization that doesnt test the final code product is doomed. -Gary North, author and historian

Lots of other additions as well. Let me know if you need Version 4.0 or 3.0.

-- Steve Hartsman (hartsman@ticon.net), November 15, 1998


Way to go Steve! I'll try to find a friend with a PC.


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), November 15, 1998.

This might be one for your collection...

http://www.usatoday.com/news/ndsfri01.htm 11/13/98- Updated 02:00 AM ET The Nation's Homepage -- USA Today

More than computers vulnerable to Y2K

"...In the millennium bug, we have developed a technology equivalent to natural forces. If it is anywhere, it is everywhere," says G.K. Jayaram, chairman of Transformation Systems of Princeton, N.J. "Nowhere at any time in human history has there existed such a problem."

-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), November 15, 1998.

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