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Departmental & Personal Computers: Find & Resolve Y2K Problems
http://y2k.berkeley.edu:7040/computers/fixpcs/

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Campus Year 2000 Departmental Computers and Administrative Equipment Subcommittee, this website contains the most comprehensive list of personal computer and workstation Y2K information we have seen.


Apple Computer
http://www.apple.com/macos/info/2000.html

If you are going to buy a new or used computer and are concerned about it being Y2K compliant, Macintosh is your best choice. As the August 1998 issue of CONSUMER REPORTS points out, "If you own a Macintosh computer, there's little to worry about -- all are Y2K compliant." Macintosh computers will be fine until the year 29940.


Mac Y2K Heads-Up List
http://www.macnologist.com/y2k/notcompliant.html

While Macintosh hardware and system software are compliant, some third-party software programs are not. Here's is where you can find out more...


Y2K Software Audit
http://www.peda.com/y2ksa/

Year 2000 Software Audit (Y2KSA) is a program that scans your computer's hard drive(s) for software files. Applications, control panels, extensions, libraries, shared libraries, dynamic libraries, drivers, and other file types that include computer code are all checked for year 2000 readiness. Each time you use Y2KSA, a report is generated that breaks down your inventory of software files based on their readiness for year 2000. Y2KSA bases its decisions on a built-in database, which lists software files along with pertinent information such as: year 2000 readiness, affiliated products, web pages, and email addresses. Both Macintosh and Windows versions are available now.


More About Macs
http://www.maccentral.com/news/9810/17.bug.shtml
Dennis Sellers, October 17, 1998

The Mac OS and most Mac applications will handle the year 2000 (and the next 27,940 years) without a hitch. According to Apple's own year 2000 Web site, "the only applications that might hiccup at one minute past midnight on New Year's Day 2000 are the few that do not take advantage of the Macintosh Toolbox calls available in every Macintosh ROM since the beginning of time."

You can test your Mac for Y2K readiness. However, Apple warns that "resetting the clock in the following tests can cause scheduling programs to malfunction, server logs to be deleted, delayed mail to be sent and other unpleasant side-effects." Apple says that you shouldn't change your clock settings unless you're certain that doing so won't adversely affect any applications or data. If you're really, 100% certain, here's three ways to do it:

Shut Down test: Open the Date & Time control panel. Type or click on the arrows to set the current date to 12/31/99, and current time to 11:59:00 PM. Select Shut Down from the Special menu and shut down the machine for more than one minute. Restart the machine. Check the current date and current time in the Date & Time control panel. It will show 1/1/00, and 12:01:05 AM (give or take a minute or two), respectively.

Live test: Open the Date & Time control panel. Type or click on the arrows to set the current date to 12/31/99, and current time to 11:59:00 PM. Wait for more than one minute, and watch the display update. The current date and current time in the display will change to 1/1/00, and 12:00:00 AM respectively.

Check for leap year. Open the Date & Time control panel. Type or click on the arrows to set the current date to 2/28/00, and current time to 11:59:00 PM. Wait for more than one minute, and watch the display update. The current date and current time in the display will change to 2/29/00, and 12:00:00 AM respectively. Year 2000 is a leap year, so this is perfectly valid, says Apple.

Of course, if you're willing to take Apple's word for it, there's no need to do any self-tests. The Mac and Mac OS have had the ability to properly handle dates past 1999 since the Mac was introduced. Apple says the original date and time utilities (introduced with the original Mac 128K in 1984) used a long word to store seconds, starting at January 1, 1904. This approach allows the correct representation of dates up to 6:28:15 A.M. on February 6, 2040.


Microsoft TechNet - Year 2000
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/year2k/

If you use a PC, here's where you can find out about the Microsoft programs you use.


Microsoft Year 2000 Product Analyzer
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/year2k/pca/pca.htm

Microsoft is offering a Year 2000 Product Analyzer that performs the following tasks:

  • Identifies installed software products on specified drives by scanning the drives for executable files.
  • Compares the resulting list of products to the products listed in a compliance database.
  • Generates a report of the compliance levels of the products it discovered, based on the information in the compliance database.

Microsoft Year 2000 Product Analyzer download is compact enough to be placed on a floppy disk for easy installation on any PC with the following characteristics:

  • An Intel 486 or greater processor
  • 25 MHz or faster
  • At least 2 MB of free hard-disk space
  • One of the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows 95/98 or Microsoft Windows NT 3.51/4.0
  • A mouse

And the good news is that this program is available free.


Test Your PC's Year 2000 Compliancy
http://www.zdnet.com/vlabs/y2k/testy2k.html

  • How the problem affects PCs
  • How this test determines whether your PC is affected
  • How you can work around a problem
  • Which PC models are and aren't affected
  • PC Magazine's Year 2000 Resource Center


How to Test Your PC

According to KEEP UP TO DATE on PAYROLL, July 17, 1998, you don't have to wait until the eleventh hour (literally) to see if your MS-DOS computer system will work in Year 2000. Here's how the American Payroll Association says you can test your hardware now:

(1) Set the DOS system date to Dec. 31, 1999.

(2) Set the time to 11:58 p.m.

(3) Power off.

(4) Wait four minutes.

(5) Turn the computer back on.

(6) Check the date and time. It should say Jan. 1, 2000, 12:02 a.m.

If you encounter problems, you may want to alert your IT people.


Another PC Y2K Compliancy Test
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/y2kcom.htm

The test listed above is described in more detail by the NATIONAL FIRE DATA CENTER.


The Year 2000: Are You A Time Traveler?
http://www.year2000.com/archive/NFtime.html

Robert Hilliard offers more date testing suggestions, including how to test your PC for the leap year problem. He also suggests important precautions to take before and during the testing procedure.


Check 2000
http://www.check-2000.com/main.htm

This site contains software that "flags and fixes" both PCs and servers. With respect to PCs, it claims to do the following:

  • Finds and fixes year 2000 hardward problems (BIOS) on the spot
  • Tells you how your data and software will be affected by the year 2000 changeover
  • Gives advice on avoiding problems inherent in thousands of popular software programs
  • Helps prioritize data and software problems for timely repair
  • Provides free customer support for 90 days
  • Lets you run the program as many times as you like to keep monitoring year 2000 status


y2ksafety.net
http://www.y2ksafety.net/

All of the released Microsoft patches, fixes, updates and service packs on one CD -- and a human being to assist you any time by email. Additional support is available by phone after email screening.


Year 2000: A Checklist for Technical Managers
http://www.cips.ca/papers/y2k/paper/checklist2.htm

A comprehensive five-point list that itemizes the process used by professional programmers to make computer systems Y2K compliant. The five main sections, which are explained in detail on the site linked above, are:

1. Inventory and Initial Assessment: (5 percent of time)

2. Impact Assessment and Conversion Planning: (20 percent of time)

3. Systems Conversion: (20 percent of time)

4. Unit and System Testing: (45 percent of time)

5. Implementation and Business Partner Links: (10 percent of time)


PC Magazine Tips & Answers
http://search.zdnet.com/cgi-bin/texis/zdhelp/zdhelp/search.html?Uhcat=All&Utiptype=either&config=pcmag&Utext=y2k

Many tips and answers concerning testing PCs and PC software for Y2K compliancy.


IBM Year 2000 Resources
http://www.pc.ibm.com/year2000/

IBM PC Hardware Information, IBM PC Hardware Evaluation, IBM Year 2000 Product Readiness Databases, How to set the PC Clock, BIOS Updating, PC Software Evaluation, Helpful Tools for the PC, and more.


Gateway Computers
http://www.gateway2000.com/frameset2.asp?s=corp&p=support&a=&url=/corp/y2k/y2k/default.html

Gateway writes:

"Many companies and individuals have become concerned about the ability of their computers and software to correctly process information after the year 2000 rollover. Even though these concerns are generally associated with mainframes and large software databases, Gateway recognizes that some customers may have a concern about the ability of their personal computers to accommodate dates in the twenty-first century. Gateway takes this concern seriously and has utilized the Microsoft Millenium test to review all Intel 486, and Pentium based systems shipped.

"Gateway customers who have purchased Intel Pentium based systems can be confident that their hardware, without any modifications, will function properly and roll over to the correct date when the year 2000 is upon us.

"Older 486 based systems will roll over to the year 2000 and function properly in the new millennium provided they are left on through the change and are not re-booted. Once the system is turned off and re-booted, the date will not be correct. This is due to the manner in which these systems maintain the system date. Gateway PCs make use of a real-time clock chip that is imbedded on the motherboard to maintain the system date and time. When the PC is rebooted after the year 2000 rollover, the operating system looks to the real-time clock to initiate the time and date. Because the real-time clock on an older system stores only the last two digits of the year, it will attempt to set the year to 1900 instead of 2000.

"The process to restore the proper date is extremely simple and is available to Gateway customers on our web site or through our technical support organization. Once the date has been reset, the proper date will be maintained even after powering down and re-booting."

 

 

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Departmental & Personal Computers: Find & Resolve Y2K Problems
http://y2k.berkeley.edu:7040/computers/fixpcs/

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Campus Year 2000 Departmental Computers and Administrative Equipment Subcommittee, this website contains the most comprehensive list of personal computer and workstation Y2K information we have seen.


Delta-T Probe
http://www.akcess2k.com

The Delta-T Probe is specifically designed to answer the two questions that determine Embedded Systems compliance. It will (1) verify the presence of time and date information within an embedded system, and (2) capture the relevant code to allow the method of time and date comparison being used by the system to be examined.


Prove It 2000
http://proveit2000.com/index.htm

Prove It 2000's core business lies in advising both large corporate concerns and small businesses on how to tackle the hardware aspects of the Millennium bug. Its services range from audits and fixes for single PCs to providing detailed investigation and analysis for some of the world's largest companies and computer manufacturers. Prove It 2000's products are widely regarded as performing the most complete tests for PC hardware and are already used by many leading UK and international companies.


How to Keep Y2K Programmers Happy
http://www.computerworld.com/home/print.nsf/all/98081761E2

Ed Yourdon, the author of "Time Bomb 2000", describes how a company can keep its Y2K programmers happy -- and survive in the process.


Year 2000 Information Center List of Vendors
http://www.year2000.com/

The Year 2000 Information Center (listed above) contains the most comprehensive, up-to-date list of Y2K vendors on the Net. A quick-reference of some of the vendors listed on the Year 2000 Information Center appears below. This list also contains the names of Y2K consultants and repair services not presently listed on the Year 2000 Information Center Website.

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