Experts Racing Against the Clock to Beat Year 2000 Problem
Posted April 27, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
DURHAM — When it comes to the year 2000, time is not standing still. That's a troubling prospect when it comes to computer systems that are not ready for the date change. As WRAL OnLine reporter Tom Lawrence explain, governments and businesses are working feverishly to make sure their computers work the first day of the year 2000.
Top government and business leaders are working against the clock to teach computers how to count beyond New Year's Eve, 1999. Leaders say state government is moving quickly but there are other players under the gun."Draw attention to the business community and to local governments across the state how critical this problem is and it's not the kind of thing, it is time sensitive and you can't wait till the last minute to address it."Many computers world-wide, large and small will not roll over to 2000, one year two hundred fifty two days from now.
Billions of dollars are being spent by government and big business to fix the problem. Many small users are doing nothing."The point of sale issues where if his equipment doesn't work his income is gonna stop."Some industry leaders say it may be easier for businesses and even governments to simply replace old systems with new technology and the Internet."The year 2000 problem can be addressed both ways. Fix the old programs, but put in new. And the Internet is bringing this type of opportunity to us to put into these new business processes, these new systems and do them very, very quickly."The clock is ticking as these people try to make sure time does not run out."This has mammoth, depressive implications if we don't deal with it."Some industry observers say up to a trillion dollars may be spent world-wide to made computers adapt to the year 2000 date change.