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Dateline: 6 December 1999 All Day Edition
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Have You Done Your Homework?
In less than a month the year 2000 will be upon us -- have you really checked your computer(s) and software to see whether they will operate correctly?

A surprising number of people seem to be leaving it to the last minute to actually confirm that their systems are Y2K compliant -- and that's not good.

Don't assume that just because you bought your PC and software only a year or so ago that you're okay, it's surprising just how many incompatibilities exist in even comparatively new systems.

If you're a Windows user then now's the time to make sure you've applied all the latest patches to your operating system and Office products. In case you don't realise it -- earlier releases of Win'95 and Windows/NT are not fully compliant and a number of turn-of-the-century bugs made their way into even very recent releases on Microsoft Office.

Unix, Linux and Apple users are a lot better off than their Microsoft peers -- but be warned that although the operating systems themselves are compliant, a number of utility and application programs may not be. Check your vendor's website for the latest bulletins.

Whatever you do, don't leave it to the last minute to download the fixes -- odds are you'll be one of millions and the site you need could well be overloaded. Hell, there's a small but not zero chance that the Net itself may be disrupted by Y2K issues.

Also remember -- there are various levels of Y2K compliance. Some PCs will need to have their clocks manually reset as the new century kicks in -- others will roll over themselves.

If your machines will be left running and processing important data through New ear's eve -- make sure that the Y2K compliance you're dealing with doesn't mean you need to reset the year manually or you could end up with very unexpected data in your files.


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