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Eve Of Destruction?

OK, your computer may not self-destruct when Y2K hits, but plenty of problems await. Here's your step-by-step disaster plan.

The collapse of the economy. The end of democracy. Complete anarchy. Is this what we have to look forward to at the turn of the century? That's what some experts say. A computer glitch known as Y2K, or the millennium bug, could cause worldwide upheaval because governments, banks and businesses big and small aren't prepared for the moment the zeros roll over.

While the reality may not be that extreme, plenty of agencies and companies will suffer delays, if not losses, of vital information--losses that threaten your business's very survival.

Tina Gasperson ( writes about current events, technology and business. She's currently stocking up on M&Ms, just in case the chocolate industry is wiped out by the Y2K bug.

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This article was originally published in the February 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Eve Of Destruction?.

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