*Michael Hyatt* - Wherever The Chips May Fall -greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1999
Wherever the chips may fall
By Michael Hyatt
Since embedded chips carry the potential to wreak the most havoc come Y2K, I'm often asked what types of devices and appliances rely upon embedded systems. What follows is an partial list of various items which use embedded chips, arranged topically.
Laptop and notebook computers
Personal digital assistants and organizers
Still and video cameras
Time recording systems
Backup lighting and generators
Building management systems
Burglar and fire alarms
Door locks and keypad access systems
Elevators, escalators, and lifts
Fire control systems
Heating and ventilating systems
Safes and vaults
Security access control systems
Surveillance and security systems
***Manufacturing and process control:
Energy control systems
Nuclear power stations
Oil refineries and related storage facilities
Power grid systems (transformers, vibration monitors, etc.)
Robots and other automated machinery
Water and sewage systems (pumps, flow regulators)
Air traffic control systems
Airplanes (avionics, flight and cabin systems)
Automated check-in systems
Car parking and other meters
Command and control systems
Passenger information systems
Photo surveillance systems
Speed cameras, radar detectors
Telephone exchanges and PBXs
Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers
***Banking and finance:
Credit card authorization systems
Credit card systems
Safes and vaults
Automated intravenous drip machines
CT scan machines
Monitoring systems (heart, ECG)
Automated sprinkler systems
Central heating and cooling
VCRs and entertainment equipment
-- snooze button (email@example.com), December 27, 1999
Man this list doesn't even scratch the surface of where all embedds are.
-- Johnny (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 27, 1999.
If racambab is right, the oil systems alone will cripple the economy.
-- Forrest Covington (email@example.com), December 27, 1999.
I have always been pretty skeptical of prophecy, but Michael's post reminded me of this gem I had saved off last year. After reading the Washington Post's article on Russian missles, this doesn't sound that far fetched. Take it with a grain of salt....
"The conveniences and comforts of humanity in general will be linked up by one mechanism, which will produce comforts and conveniences beyond human imagination. But the smallest mistake will bring the whole mechanism to a certain collapse. In this way the end of the world will be brought about."
Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, 1922 (Sufi Prophet)
-- Stars and Stripes (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 27, 1999.
Ok--so let me make sure We all have this right.
NOT ONE MANUFACTURER OF ANY OF THESE CHIPS HAS ANY IDEA IF THEY WILL COMPROMISE THE FUNTIONING OF THE ((ENGINEERED)) DEVICE IN QUESTIONS?
c'mon--How can you design something and not know or be able to test its limitation?? Somebody please!!?? Help me. Is this the biggest con job in history or are we in the habit of making things that we have no clue.
I surmise that its a looking into the abyss and the human mind cannot fathom the answer. What else could it be? With all the Goodhousekeeping seals out there, they would know if when the micro- chip turns to 1/01/00 . (the good housekeeping seal is said in jest)
-- d----- (email@example.com), December 27, 1999.