Y2K: so far, so good

April 13, 1999

This is an excerpt of a Los Angeles Times editorial that was published yesterday.

There is a philosophical -- and unresolved -- debate over the starting date of the next millennium: Is it Jan. 1, 2000, or Jan. 1, 2001? But for computers, electronic systems potentially affected by the so-called year 2000 glitch, it's a lot more complicated.

The glitch can occur when computers read a "00" year on their internal calendars as 1900, not 2000. The more imaginative observers claim to have identified up to 31 so-called "trigger dates" in 1999 that could spark Y2K-related problems. The good news is that most of those 1999 doom-date predictions are far-fetched. Some have already passed without problems. But why let facts get in the way of a survivalist panic attack?

One big date: April 1, the day on which fiscal year 2000 began in New York state and some foreign nations. There was nothing of consequence to report.

Most other states and many U.S. corporations face a similar test June 1, when their new fiscal years begin. What happens as those dates roll by will tell much about the country's readiness. Until then, preparedness, not panic, is the watchword.

Pub Date: 4/13/99

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