Y2K bug bites a month early at Maysville tobacco marketgreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Thursday, December 02, 1999 Maysville Ledger-Independent - By MARY ANN KEARNS Staff Writer Computer glitches have been causing problems on the Maysville tobacco market since Mondays opening, officials said Wednesday. Its made it very difficult for us to get our numbers in, said David Cartmell, president of the Tobacco Board of Trade.
It has not been fun, Supervisor of Sales Bill Collins said.
The problem stems indirectly from the Y2K bug, which can cause computer systems to misread the year 2000 for 1900, Collins said. With only two warehouse computer systems in Maysville Y2K compliant, the other warehouses had to upgrade systems, he said. When the new systems went online, a glitch occurred and the systems did not operate as expected, Collins said.
A lot of somethings didnt work, Collins said.
Theres always glitches, Cartmell said.
Without the computers, the Maysville market has been unable to report its sales numbers to the Tobacco Reporting Network in Atlanta, Cartmell said.
The computers have also prevented tobacco companies from getting figures on the pounds of tobacco they purchased, holding up transfers of funds for the purchases, Collins said. And more than $5.5 million has been paid out on the Maysville market in the first two days of sales, he said.
Only two companies have been paid, Collins said.
Farmers have not been affected, with only a few hours delay in payment on a few occasions, Collins said.
For now, a computer technician is working around the clock to re-install the old systems, hoping to get the warehouses back online until the market closes for the holidays Dec. 16, Collins said. Warehouses hope to work out the bugs and get the new systems back in operation before the market reopens Jan. 10, Collins said.
Collins predicted the computer problems would be worked out and the old systems up and running in time for todays sales.
Sales are also being held up by moisture testing of tobacco, Cartmell said.
This year marks the first time that the testing by USDA graders is mandatory, Cartmell said. The testing must be completed before the tobacco can be sold, he said.
A lot of personnel are waiting for the tobacco to be probed, Cartmell said.
As we get more regulations from the government and more stringent suggestions from the tobacco companies, we will have to implement them to keep the integrity of our product, Cartmell said.
Despite the problems which the market has experienced in its first two days, Cartmell said he is pleased with the way things are progressing.
Were having good sales on the Maysville market, Cartmell said.
-- Paul (email@example.com), December 13, 1999
"The problem stems indirectly from the Y2K bug, which can cause computer systems to misread the year 2000 for 1900, Collins said. With only two warehouse computer systems in Maysville Y2K compliant, the other warehouses had to upgrade systems, he said. When the new systems went online, a glitch occurred and the systems did not operate as expected, Collins said."
Finally! A reporter who acknowledges the connection!!!!!
-- Duke 1983 (Duke1983@AOL.com), December 13, 1999.
Hey, I live in Maysville. It's a pretty big deal here, although they probably will get it fixed.
Personally, I'm surprised it hit us at all. We Kentucky folk are so far behind the times we are anticipating the rollover in about 20 years.
What about Jan 1? Millions of failures like this one all across the land? Makes ya think.
-- Y2Kook (Y2Kook@usa.net), December 13, 1999.
" ... For now, a computer technician is working around the clock to re-install the old systems, hoping to get the warehouses back online ... "
Familiar story, "fix" = scramble to go back to the old one.
Option Over in 18 days!
-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 13, 1999.
For now, a computer technician is working *around the clock* to re- install the *old systems*, hoping to get the warehouses back online until the market closes for the holidays Dec. 16...
-- Dave (email@example.com), December 13, 1999.
Man---I love it when you talk like that!!
-- d----- (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 13, 1999.