Thanks to Clinton Jones and to Atsuko Okuda for pointing
out/creating the INFO21/ Y2K Problem and Developing Countries
Based on my reading of that and other information discussed here, I
draw the following conclusions for actions that might be taken
by small offices and individuals using older equipment and software
for routine office, generally non-commercial purposes:
1. For persons who use older PCs for basic word processing and
messaging, little action is warranted. Those using 486s might wish
to upgrade their BIOS; there is no upgrade for 386 or older PCs.
I have no idea about older Apple Computers. Free patches are
available to fix minor problems with file-date stamps in Win3.1 and
Win95. These upgrades and patches might be made available for
broad free circulation in a handy Y2K solutions diskette, which
hopefully someone will put together in the next year or so. Even if
no action is taken, problems are not likely to be more than
2. For persons using older software that relies on dates (e.g. old
versions of Lotus), now might be a good time to purchase an upgrade
and to import old spreadsheets into the new version. Date
calculations may prove problematic with old software after Y2K. Date
calculations that rely on the system clock may still prove
problematic even with new software if the BIOS is not Y2K compatible.
3. The problems faced by banks, other commercial businesses that rely
on date calculations are likely to be more severe if they are using
older equipment and software. But as good business people they will
presumably follow the debate and take appropriate actions lest they
risk losing their customers.
How does that sound? Good advice to begin passing around?
Jeff @ Washington
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