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'LAST CHANCE' TO FIX MILLENNIUM BUG

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Don Cruickshank, chairman of the government's bug-busting agency Action 2000, is expecting a 'significant' level of...
Don Cruickshank, chairman of the government's bug-busting agency Action 2000, is expecting a 'significant' level of errors in early January when the state of readiness of the nation's computer systems will be tested for the first time.

The Financial Times (p10) reports that it is expected most of the errors will occur in business computer systems rather than in the public sector. Many of these will pass unnoticed and be corrected in the first few weeks of 2000.

Mr Cruickshank was launching a 'last chance' guide for businesses - chiefly samll and medium-sized ones - that have yet to tackle the bug.

He discounted concerns that another critical date, 9 September, might cause problems.

There are worries that batch programming systems might stop operations tomorrow because programmers often used 9/9/99 to signift 'end of files'.
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