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Dateline: 9 December 1999 All Day Edition
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Y2K Bug Bites The NZ Herald
First there was fear and dread -- then the magic 9/9/99 date passed without problems and an increasing number of organisations started crowing about how they were ready for the big Y2K.

In recent months we've all become rather complacent and I've even heard that some viewers have been emptying their cans of Raid at the TV whenever that nauseous cockroach with the New York accent appears on their screens.

But New Zealand's largest newspaper which, just to keep things in a Net context, has an online website at www.nzherald.co.nz has already run foul of the Y2K bug.

An unknown, but probably quite large number of customers have received a bill for their paper deliveries covering the period through to early January next year -- and guess what?

Yep, right beside the "Total Amount Due" is the encouraging note:

Due date 19 Jan 1900

A quick follow-up letter was sent out early this week which reads:

Unfortunately the Y2K bug has surfaced early. We apologise most profusely for supplying your recent invoice with the year 1900 instead of 2000 being the due date."

Coincidentally, the Herald's website still shows Wednesday's edition this morning at 8 am when it's normally updated to the current day by well before 6:30 am.

I'm not bitching, or even suggesting that the Herald's encounter with the Y2K bug is in any way significant -- but it does make you wonder whether we've perhaps become just a little too complacent about the risks.

So... before you send out those December invoices -- just check that the Due-by date is accurate. This is particularly important if you've had to provide your bank with a statement of Y2K readiness and you've assumed you're okay. Heaven knows what your legal liabilities are if you'd stated you were ready but they got ahold of an invoice or statement that proved you weren't.

The Big List Comes Tomorrow
Thanks for all those leads on good e-tail sites. The definitive list will be published tomorrow so you can start that e-Xmas e-Shopping e-arly.


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