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RE: y2k and the average engineer?

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The best "free" Y2K test that I have come across is at:

My two year old Pentium MMX was tested as OK, provided it was not running at
the tick of midnight.

Symantec offer 'fix' packages but -----?

My local supplier replaced my BIOS for a nominal "open the box" labour
charge and now my system is fully comliant.

Micro$oft have patches available on their sites for Y2K upgrades for their
"office" products - Word, Excel etc.  The downside is that all dates must
now have a 4 digit year.


Bruce Shephard
Principal Consultant (Seismic Risk)
Opus International Consultants Ltd
P O Box 12,003
Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Seaintonln(--nospam--at) [mailto:Seaintonln(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, 8 March 1999 09:14
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: y2k and the average engineer?
> Tom,
> The Y2K issue affects programs that store and retrieve data based
> upon dates.
> Most structural software simply runs programs that perform
> analysis without
> being date dependent.
> Computer hardware is another issue. A two to three year old machine should
> have no problems, however, you can contact the manufactuer to
> determine if the
> BIOS is up to date and will interprete the year 00 as 2000 rather
> than 1900.
> This is generally an easy fix with will known clones or even
> those of not so
> well known status that use popular BIOS like AMD and Award.

> I am naturally suspect of those quick fixes that simply wish to sell you a
> patch. Many of these do not solve the problem but provide a temporary fix
> (albeit one that will last most of our lifespans).
> Dennis Wish PE