Y2K

The experts agree. The "millennium computer bug" will not cause the end of civilization.

Columns From: 7/1/1999 Modern Machine Shop, ,

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Mark Albert

Mark has been writing his Mark: My Word column every month since January, 1981.

The experts agree. The "millennium computer bug" will not cause the end of civilization. Not that there won't be problems and glitches if some computer programs mistake 01/01/00 for the first day of 1900. And this won't happen all at once on the stroke of midnight, December 31, 1999. It's predicted that some malfunctions and interruptions could appear as early as this summ

portant thing is not to panic," he says. "In very few cases will a quick recovery not be possible, and even those cases will not be catastrophic."

I have to concur with this assessment. Perhaps we have become too dependent on computers, but let's not underestimate our flexibility, our ability to improvise, our patience and especially, our good humor. By these traits is civilization truly measured.

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