But there were also more embarrassing problems; company letters would also be years out, train station signs would be years out, maybe your date calculations would be out if you were using an early version of Microsoft Excel. The essays in our library are intended to serve as content examples to inspire you as you write your own essay.
Jane Walker, spokeswoman for the hospital, said: "We are the only hospital in the area. Instead of a date readingit read Although some industries were well on the way to solving the Y2K problem, most experts feared that the federal government and state and local governments were lagging behind.
You might think that Russia being further behind technologically might be the reason, but in fact, that should have made it worse. While fears arose that some programs might unexpectedly terminate on that date, the bug was more likely to confuse computer operators than machines.
They suggested all financial and administrative systems could be affected as well as electronic equipment. For example, was a leap year, butand were not.
These were potentially problematic, but more amusing than anything else. It was feared that such a misreading would lead to software and hardware failures in computers used in such important areas as banking, utilities systems, government records, and so on, with the potential for widespread chaos on and following January 1, It never entered our minds that those programs would have lasted for more than a few years.
This freeware solution was one of the first downloadable solutions on the internet at the time and was found in one in four computers  and marketed through Planet City Software as Millennium Bug Compliance Kit.
Put simply, the problem somewhat innocuously arose from two digits rather than four being used to represent dates on a computer.