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Your PC for Y2K Compliance
you make sure that your PC is ready for the
check the hardware. The following simple
the date on your PC to December 31,
at least 5 minutes, and then turn on the
Verify that the date is Saturday, January 1,
the day of the week, date, or time is
Repeat the same test described above
many systems will not recognize 2000 as a
computer fails the BIOS rollover test, you
majority of stand-alone PC's utilize a version of
fully-compliant (versus "compliant with minor
[As mentioned in our last article,] many commonly-used applications have been identified as being non-compliant. Microsoft Office 97, for example, requires the SR-2 patch to address several Y2K issues. You should start by compiling a list of all the applications on your computer, and categorize them as compliant, non-compliant, or unknown. In most cases, the best policy for dealing with non-compliant applications is to either update them with a newer, compliant version or remove them from your PC. If you don't know whether an application is compliant, start by contacting the software vendor. Many vendors have posted Year 2000 compliancy statements about their software on their web sites.
If you're still in doubt, check out http://www.vendor2000.com.
Just because your hardware, operating system, and applications are Year 2000 compliant, doesn't mean that your data is. For example, although Excel 97 SR2 is reportedlyY2K compliant, a user could easily enter 2-digit year in a spreadsheet used to calculate amortization. Depending on how the spreadsheet was designed, post-year 2000 results could wildly inaccurate. It is important to go through your key data files (spreadsheets, databases, etc.) and make sure that date information is entered such that it is properly interpreted after the Year 2000. In most cases, this is a tedious and time-consuming process, although some vendors have come out with migration packages to assist with the process. For example, Expandable Software, authors of the Expandable accounting application, have a package that can convert hundred of thousands of transactions with a 2-digit year entry to a 4-digit year entry.
There are several software packages that can be purchased to assist with Year 2000 compliance tests and fixes, including: 2000 Centurion, CDG 200 Inc., Centennial 2000, Check 2000 Client Server, Check 2000 PC, Cochranes Millenium Toolkit, DMXII Inc., DOSCHK, Express 2000 Suite, Fix 2000, Gasp 4.01, Henry Spencer Company, January 2000!, Macola Version 6.2, MFI Flash 2000, Millenium Bug toolkit, NEMYSES, NetInventory, Nuts & Bolts, ACCFix 2000, Datespy, Excelsior, OnMark 2000&Trade: Workbench for Excel&trade, OnMark 2000&Trade: Workbench for Access&trade, Total Access Inspector 2000, Trans Centry Office, Utility 2000. Both Symantec's Norton 2000 and Mcafee 2000 ToolBox from Network Associates are comprehensive Y2K software packages which boast the ability to check Real Time Clock and BIOS hardware, scan data files (Excel, Access, etc.), and alert you to known issues published by the manufacturers of popular applications found on your system.
Regardless of how diligent you are to assure that your hardware and software are compliant, other programs used by your vendors and suppliers may expose you to non-compliance. You will want to determine their Y2K status in order to avoid unnecessary problems and to prepare for anticipated problems.
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