This story first appeared in the August 1999 issue of Startups. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Are you busy stockpiling water, cash, canned fruit and power generators for that magic moment: midnight, January 1, 2000? If you've had spare time, maybe you've also squeezed in some worrying about your office computer, that linchpin of your homebased business. Now that I'm working from home, I've been thinking about my laptop. It's a couple years old, from a time before Y2K was nightly news.

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