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As everyone from chief executives to home computer users struggle to understand and tackle the Year 2000 technology problem, a host of Web sites have popped up on the Internet providing information ranging from bug-squashing software and the Y2K status of major corporations, to global initiatives to smash the bug, to grass-root remedies.

 

As everyone from chief executives to home computer users struggle to understand and tackle the Year 2000 technology problem, a host of Web sites have popped up on the Internet providing information ranging from bug-squashing software and the Y2K status of major corporations, to global initiatives to smash the bug, to grassroot remedies. Here are just a few Net resources to tap into when addressing your Year 2000 needs:

    Pundits
  • Ed Yardeni, chief economist and managing director for Deutsche Bank Securities, provides a Web site on the Year 2000.
  • Peter de Jager, outspoken pundit on the Year 2000, and his company have put together a substantial Web site

What is the Y2K bug?
The Y2K problem, often called the millennium bug, is rooted in the way dates are recorded and computed. For the past several decades, systems programmers have typically used two digits to represent the year in order to conserve memory. With this two-digit format, however, the year 2000 is indistinguishable from 1900, or 2001 from 1901. Many IT executives, analysts, and government officials warn that the glitch could cause everything from failed cash registers, to airline travel interruptions, to widespread power outages.

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