Armageddon Worried about the Year 2000, or How I Learned to Love the Millenium Bomb
The Year 2000 problem exists because many computer programs use only the last two digits of the year in dates, so that 2000 becomes the same as 1900. Experts estimate that fixing all of the affected programs worldwide will cost as much as a trillion dollars. Many fear that there is not enough time or programming resources available to do so before January 1, 2000.
The standard approaches to fixing Year 2000 problems in existing systems boil down to four:
Steve Heffner will discuss all of the above and more, including what the Year 2000 problem REALLY is; it's not what you think!
Steve Heffner started repairing computer hardware in 1963 and learned to program in 1965. He went independent in 1972, and since then has delivered consulting services to clients in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He was also an adjunct Professor of Decision Sciences at the Wharton Business School from 1981 to 1994. In 1977 he founded Pennington Systems Incorporated, a systems software company, and in 1984 he created XTRAN, a computer language expert system. Pennington is now starting to apply XTRAN to the Year 2000 problem.
A pre-meeting dinner with the speaker is held at 6 p.m. at the Rusty Scupper on Alexander Road in Princeton. If you would like to attend, please call the information number to record your reservation on the answering machine.
Princeton ACM / IEEE Computer Society meeting are open to the public. Students and their parents are welcome. There is no admission charge, and refreshments are served after the meeting.