Y2K: New and Fun Stuff
BSRMJ apologizes for berating this issue – but this story is a bit different.The State of Wisconsin has the National Guard on standby for Y2Kproblems. They are concerned about the way a population will behave whenpower and telephone breakdown. In the US we have only a few empiricalexample of what happens in crisis situations. People either party andsubsequently there are a lot of children born 9 months later, or they riot andloot. Wisconsin is prepared for the latter.
Currently there are some identified problems with GPS equipment soldwithin the last two years. The problems with the technology are for the”consumer” GPS units and some professional GPS units sold for maritimenavigation. The problems have to do with the Y2K and synchronization ofthe date/time clocks. Most professionals are now unsure, after somelaboratory tests, if all of the satellites, cell phone, and modem technologyincorporated into some of these GPS units will roll over to the correct week 001 and second 0000001. If they do so, will they be done simultaneously,maintaining contact within specified variances and tolerances to allow forproper re-programming of receivers to decipher data correctly. Threechoices: Yes, it works, No the satellites cannot be understood, or Hey, whereare the satellites anyway?
Robert Bemer is the father of the ASCII language and the “escape key”sequence and has a unique perspective on Y2K. He believes that the problemis very real, and the solution in most cases will have its cure in binary, not inany compiler language. He believes that by reprogramming in the basebinary code that the solutions will be found. Compiler languages are largeblocks of binary code for each line of code in a compiler language. There isone block in the structure that is vulnerable. He feels it is prudent to focus onthe one block and not the whole structure.
Other Y2K Stuff. If your IBM based PC was built after 1996 you should beOK, but check your software. Either call the supplier or advance the date onyour computer to see if it crashes. PS – back up your data in advance, andload one application at a time to isolate the offender, if any. Mac Users – noproblem: it was anticipated in the design – however check software asdescribed above.
Some Useful websites:
http://www.Y2Knewswire.com/ News on Y2K problems.
http://www.microsoft.com/tech/ For those who run Microsoft applications.
http://www.righttime.com/ Download software to test Y2K problem.
http://www.nstl.com/ Download software to test Y2K problem.
http://www.Duh-2000.com/ Y2K Humor.
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