de Jager's gig with the 'High Tech Consortium' - big Cos build central clearinghouse to determine Supply Chain threats.greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
"The first question is... Who is HTC? It's a formal collaboration between the following companies; AM&D, AMD, Arrow Electronics, Celestica, Cisco Systems, Compaq, Dell Computers, Digital Microwave, Exabyte, HCL America, Hewlett Packard, IDT, Intel, Jabil Circuit, LSI Logic, LoDan West, Marshall Industries, MCMS, Motorola, Qualcomm, Quantum, SCI Systems, Seagate Technologies, SGI, Solectron, Sun Microsystems, Symbol Technologies, Tektronix and Unisys. Their website is located at www.hightech2000.com."
-- lisa (email@example.com), December 22, 1999
Thanks, Lisa. Maybe someone on the forum is employed by a member company, and can give us a clue about the HTC's assessment of the supply chain status. I wonder why Microsoft isn't a member? Is membership restricted only to hardware manufacturers, meaning that MS would actually be considered an important part of the supply chain for most of the HTC member companies? In his essay, De Jager says, "Y2K was never a complicated technical issue -- any programmer could come up with the necessary logic and data changes necessary to overcome the problem." I'm not a programmer, but have heard most programmers, including those on this forum, say the same thing. This makes me wonder why Microsoft keeps issuing patch upon patch upon patch trying to Y2K-fix their O/S. If Y2K is uncomplicated to overcome, why hasn't Microsoft overcome it? I'd really appreciate anyone's informed answer.
-- (RUOK@yesiam.com), December 22, 1999.
Correcting a simple design flaw at the end of a project can make the problem as much as 200% worse than if it was corrected at design time.
-- Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 22, 1999.