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states: This Y2K bug could cause computers to either shut down or generate incorrect data. In our electronic information-dependent society, that could be a big problem. At the time the two-digit year was first used in computer programming, no one addressed or was prepared for a problem when the year 2000 rolled around, because, like today, technology was advancing and changing quickly. Computer programmers assumed that the two-digit year would eventually be changed and become obsolete. This, obviously, did not happen. In many cases, the older applications that use the two-digit method have been built on, and are buried deep into systems that are the basis of large corporations and other industries that run civilization as we know it. Computers are everywhere in government,

business, utilities, and our jobs. When one system fails, there is a cascading effect to other systems. Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Management, Stephen Horn, stated that Despite a lingering skepticism in some realms, I assure you: The Year 2000 problem is real; its consequences are serious; and the deadline remains unstoppable. The Y2K problem can not be accurately figured, and no one knows exactly what will be affected, or how much. Bad news lurks in every corner and statistics are depressing. The consulting firm GatnerGroup has estimated that Venezuela and Saudi Arabia (two of the largest exporters of oil to the United States) are 12 to 18 months behind the United States in their Y2K compliance efforts. Being faced with the threats of loss of electricity, oil,

and unfortunately, any hope of technological stability is a serious matter that should not be tossed around like it is not a big deal at all. Definitely knowledge and preparation is the key to surviving this glitch in civilization. I really, truly feel that it is wrong to write Y2K off as a media-hype, every human being is going to effect by the Y2K horror.