Better safe than sorry
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CTA. 1999. Better safe than sorry . Spore 82. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Is your organisation ready for the year 2000? If you, your colleagues, your customers, or your suppliers use computers for any part of your work, you could be affected by possible problems. Most computers in the world were designed to work on a...
Is your organisation ready for the year 2000? If you, your colleagues, your customers, or your suppliers use computers for any part of your work, you could be affected by possible problems. Most computers in the world were designed to work on a system of dates where the year is expressed in the last two digits of the number. This year is '99', and next year is '00', which means that a computer may think that the year is really '0000', '1900', or '2000', and things could go wrong. Computers are used in more places than most people think. The press and other media mostly mention possible problems in aircraft, large hospitals, or electricity power plants. But computers, or computer chips, are also used in other places and equipment near you: irrigation pumps, cold storage, videos, and even in motor engines. All of these could break down at the turn of the century. No one is quite sure what will happen, although billions of dollars have been spent to try to prevent problems. Organisations such as the World Bank have provided grants to national governments to prepare for these possible problems, largely in the banking, security, and health sectors. Little attention seems to have been paid to agriculture, and, of course, little has been done for people who got their computer software from, let's say, the informal sector. If you use a computer for your work (stock control, accounting, management of savings and credit funds, laboratory tests) or equipment with a chip, it could be worthwhile to find out if your system can cross trouble-free to the next century. For further information InfoDev Y2K World Bank 1818 H Street Washington NW, DC 20036, USA Website: www.worldbank.org/infodev/y2k
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