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Y2K Bug Update

Most computer users know by now that some older machines may malfunction when confronted with calculations or data containing dates in the year 2000, but at a recent House Committee on Banking and Financial Services hearing, it was announced that other date-related bugs may also wreak havoc on computer systems. Here are the dates to beware of:

September 9, 1999: Computers may read this date as "9999," which means "end of computer file" in several computer languages.

December 31, 1999: According to John Grover of Atlanta-based MillenniumPlus Consulting, "991231" means "end of computer file" in older applications.

February 29, 2000: 2000 is a leap year, but since turn-of-the-century years aren't usually leap years, many computers will fail to make the leap to February 29 in 2000.

Contact Sources

FieldWorks Inc., (888) FIELD-WORKS, http://www.field-works.com

MillenniumPlus Consulting, (770) 521-9959, jgrover@milleniumplus.com

NetCreations Inc., http://www.netcreations.com

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This article was originally published in the September 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Hit List.

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