In message <[log in to unmask]>, Jeff Cochrane writes:
> > The Cinderella Method
> > ... If you start up your machine and enter a 4 digit year
> > (01-01-2000 if you are using the "default" Country options or
> > 2000-01-01 if you using the YMD format country options), the BIOS
> > will be correctly reset and will function correctly for the next
> > few years.
> My my. Not so good news.
Or you can use the World Bank method:
Spend 23 Million US dollars on creating a huge bureacracy in each
country with national directors, regional offces, local offices who
drive nice cars get lots of per diem and if you start up your machine
and enter a 4 digit year (01-01-2000 if you are using the "default"
Country options or 2000-01-01 if you using the YMD format country
> I'm envisioning a typical partner in Africa, say, from Tanzania, in
> a small town, earning a salary of perhaps $100 per month, who pays
> for some computer repairs out of his personal funds because there is
> insufficient budget, and who wouldn't know a BIOS if it hit him in
> the head.
Well, Jeff, this were you Flag Planters are sooo wrong. We are used to
our power going off, our date getting lost our hard disk crashing,
etc. And even if the date was wrong, the word processor will still
The above is may be true for Snake Oil Junction, Louisiana, population
312 (all looking remarkeably alike) but you'll find that we Africans
may be poor but we are no stupid.
> Don't you think these instructions are much too complex for the
> typical user with whom I work in Africa, who probably won't have
> access to the Cinderella web site in any event?
> How can we be of assistance for these people?
By treating them like the adults they are. The Y2K is no problem for
PCs, you are right of course, it may be a problem for the user, it is
mainly a main frame problem.
Why don't you go and inflate the Worldbank's Y2K budget? That should
help with the unemployment problem of elderly programmers in the US.
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