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Re: y2k and the average engineer?

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do a simple check,

- backup all important files
- set the system date to year 2000 & beyond,
- create new files, open existing ones, make some changes, save & reopen
- check esp the date related items. (e.g. if u date yr drawings using an 
auto computed date field, or your calc s/w computes age of things
(concrete?) by substracting 2 dates)

if all is fine, u'r done.  (the above is not a perfect check, but i think
it helps)

chances are that u will be fine with autocad, graphics or any structural
design / calc / engineering s/w. 

if u are running your own business, & your accounting, personnel, staff
pay s/w uses 2 digits year for the dates, there is a chance that come next
year, the invoices may be year 1900, or otherwise the day of weeks are
wrong, the pay checks/statements may have wrong dates, purchase orders may
have wrong dates etc.

if your staff is small, simply revert to doing things manually (or is
everything manual even now *grin*)

remember that even if u are fully Y2K compliant, your client , dealer,
contractor, architect, biz partners, bank may not be.  so u could be
affected by 'their' problems instead.

just my 2 cents

On Sat, 6 Mar 1999 Harris3803(--nospam--at) wrote:
> What does all this y2k histeria mean to the average engineer. Will auto cad 14
> still work next year? Will a 2 or 3 year old Micron pentium 200 machine still
> work? Will enercalc still work? What about a custom program in a 10 year old
> apple/ macintosh se30?
> A salesman type came by and gave me a disk that he said would find y2k
> problems ( which i could then pay him to fix ). I'm afraid to load it and find
> out the disk screwed up an otherwise fine computer.
> I would appreciate hearing from someone who understands this problem from a
> small engineering office point of view.
> Tom Harris , SE
> Thousand Oaks, CA