TOURBUS - 23 June 1998 - Best of Tourbus: Y2K gives good advice
and URL's to help us check our current puters :)
Archives on the Web at http://www.TOURBUS.com
Tells how to check your 'puter EASILY !!!
The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy
Newsletter and is copyright 1998 by Richard W. Eastman and
Ancestry, Inc. It is re-published here with the permission of
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
Vol. 3 No. 26 - June 27, 1998
- Is Your Computer Millennium Ready?
Have you read all the stories about computers being ready (or not
ready) for the year 2000? Some of these stories are
sensationalized, but the underlying problem is real: many
computers will not operate properly on January 1, 2000. How about
your computer? Will it function 18 months from now?
The Millennium Bug may lurk in any of three locations on a
personal computer: in software applications, in the operating
system or in the BIOS, the basic instruction set that governs the
Once turned on, a PC relies on its BIOS (basic input/output
system) to check the data stored in the system's real-time clock
(RTC). The operating system then grabs the date and time from the
RTC, and applications draw date information from the operating
In the next eighteen months I hope to test all the leading
genealogy programs for Year 2000 compliance and will be writing
about my findings. Other applications should be checked with the
program's manufacturer, and there is a good chance such
information can be found on the World Wide Web.
Luckily, diagnosing hardware and operating system susceptibility
proves a bit more straightforward. Anyone using a PC clone might
face problems if the system relies on a Pentium processor or an
older chip. Some Pentiums, 486s and their predecessors are not
century date compliant. Machines with more recent Pentium chips or
Pentium II processors should have no hardware problems.
A tiny diagnostic software utility may be downloaded free of
charge from the Web site of the National Software Testing
Laboratories. Once extracted, this program is only 13,552 bytes.
The free YMARK2000 program can be downloaded from
http://www.nstl.com/html/ymark_2000.html. The program temporarily
sets the computer's internal clock to read 10 seconds before the
millennium and then monitors its ability to roll over to 2000.
YMARK2000 only checks your computer's hardware and BIOS, not its
operating system or any application programs. If you run Microsoft
Windows, you may or may not have a problem. Windows 98 and Windows
NT 4.0 should have no century date problems. Windows 3.1 and older
revisions of Windows 95 may need to be upgraded in order to avoid
problems. Microsoft maintains a Web site with information on the
millennium readiness of all of its products at:
Apple Macintosh computers have always been ready for the year
2000. Mac owners can feel smug that once again their systems
proved to be superior. Even the original Macs introduced in 1984
are fully Year 2000 compliant.
Actually, all Macs will have trouble in the year 29,940. I don't
think any of us need to be too concerned about that.
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