Re: Year 2000 issues

Mark Crosby (
Wed, 10 Sep 1997 10:32:56 -0700 (PDT)

---Hagbard Celine wrote:
> For a while, among my computer-literate friends, I've heard about
> thing called the Year 2000 software crisis. [Snip]
> The web is full of such conflicting reports. Are there any list
> out there who can shed light on the problem (if it is a problem)?

For some this could be looked at as an opportunity rather than a
problem. I've recently read about MANY older programmers who had
retired because no one wanted their old mainframe skills any more.
Now they're in hot demand. I think people like Paul Strassman (former
Pentagon information chief) are disasterbating about how much it will
cost to fix - one person's cost is another's income.

The problems in commercial software applications and organization's
customized information processing systems should be relatively easy to
fix. The more serious problems may be in existing HARDWARE, such as
old routers, that have these date problems hardcoded into them. Here
the only solution may be to replace the equipment. But, again, one
person's need is another person's opportunity.

Mark Crosby
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