It was widely assumed that computers which successfully
'roll-over' to the year 2000 would have no problems
in the millennium, provided they use 'millennium-compatible'
software. Computer Experts are now warning that many
machines will automatically revert to pre-millennium
dates when they are switched off and on again - causing
date-dependant calculations to go haywire.
Software producers are feverishly upgrading their
products to make them millennium-compatible, but this
is also a hardware problem. Installing the new software
will not solve the problem alone if the computer hardware
is not millennium-compatible too - and a disturbingly
high proportion of PCs are not.
On unmodified machines, people will be lulled into
a false sense of security when they watch their PC
change from 31/12/1999 to 1/1/2000. Unfortunately,
tests are showing that a very high proportion of PCs
will revert to various dates (usually 1980) once re-booted
in the millennium. And this is only one of the problems
which Computer Experts are highlighting with their
The implications are horrific. The problem might go
undetected for a long time, because the systems will
look as if they are working properly, and people will
naturally assume that the precautions they took would
be permanent. Many of the problems which the new software
ought to solve will return, and calculations for such
things as interest charges, expiry dates, penalty
clauses, appointment letters and follow up action
will be thrown into chaos.
In worst cases, valuable and irreplaceable data could
be lost in systems which have date-sensitive procedures
to delete files which do not appear to have been used
for long periods.
Every PC which has not been declared to be "Millennium-Compliant"
must be tested. Because of the wide variety of chips
used in computers of even the same make and model,
each machine needs testing individually. What we believe
to be the most comprehensive tester for this purpose
has been launched - with British expertise leading
the field in this important area of computer science.
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