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Year 2000 problem
Last modified: Wednesday, November 07, 2001 

The pervasive problem that many applications are designed to handle only 20th-century dates -- dates that begin with "19". For example, most programs represent dates in the form MM-DD-YY, so the date 10-5-96 is October 5, 1996. But what about the date 10-5-05. Is that 1905 or 2005? There is no way to distinguish between these two dates.

This problem affects a vast amount of software, particularly accounting and database systems. The U.S. Social Security Administration, for example, has estimated that it will need to review about 50 million lines of code to correct this problem in its own system.

The Year 2000 problem is sometimes referred to as the Millennium bug or Y2K problem.

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Federal Government’s Y2K Page 
Extensive list of all sectors affected by the Y2K bug, including food, business, energy and health care. Includes the text of the Year 2000 Information Readiness and Disclosure Act and information on becoming Y2K-compliant.

Byte magazine article on the Y2K problem
Byte magazine (July 1997) offers a detailed look at the current state of the Year 2000 problem.

CNN's article on the Year 2000
This CNN article, from January 1996, describes the various implications of changing from the year 1999 to 2000, with links to related reading.

Millennium Mess
Information Week article (April 1998) on the increasing legal pressures resulting from the impending arrival of the year 2000.

Mitre Corporation Year 2000 home page
Provides a wide variety of information including briefings, cost information, analysis, links to related resources and tools for managing the transition of systems to the Year 2000.

Software Magazine's Year 2000 Special Issue
Covers practical solutions, legal implications, and case studies. Published, January 1998.

Yahoo!'s Year 2000 problem page
Yahoo!'s directory of Year 2000 conferences, consultants, and companies.

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