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 Y2K Computer Bug
In This Report

What Can You Do?
Your Computer
Appliances and Other Home Gadgets

Advice for the Big Night
Maryland Courts
Anne Arundel County
Fairfax County
Howard County
Montgomery County
Prince George's County
Prince William County

Video: Britain Is Prepared
Eastern Europe
Latin America

Small Business
How Are Businesses Preparing?
Finding and Fixing Problems
Answering Liability Questions
Five Y2K Myths
Who Else Needs to Be Ready?
U.S. Contractor Compliance

Links and Resources
How This Mess Started
Y2K Glossary
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How the Clock Works
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Latest Story
Y2K Glitch For Lawyers: Few Lawsuits
Accounts of the largely triumphant campaign to quash the Y2K computer glitch must include a visit to the cluttered Philadelphia home office of Ronald N. Weikers.
Full coverage of the Y2K rollover

Related Stories

January 8, 2000
Y2K Glitches Affect Financial Software
The Washington Post

January 5, 2000
On the Internet, Bugged About Y2K
The Washington Post

January 3, 2000
Companies Head Back to Work
The Washington Post

January 2, 2000
Hard Work Made Y2K a Nonevent
The Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Praise for Y2K Efforts
The Washington Post

Computers Pass the Test
The Washington Post

Utilities Experience No Big Shocks
The Washington Post

December 30, 1999
Y2K Programmers Get a Bit of a Respite
The Washington Post

December 29, 1999
Consumers Clamor for Y2K Information
The Washington Post

Work Separates Some Couples on Big Night
The Washington Post

Common Sense in the Medicine Cabinet
The Washington Post

December 28, 1999
Russia Missile Forces Pass Y2K Test
The Associated Press

December 27, 1999
As Jan. 1 Nears, Doomsayers Reconsider
The Washington Post

Most Americans Won't Experience Glitches
The Washington Post

December 26, 1999
Confident Officials Add Y2K Staff--Just in Case
The Washington Post

December 23, 1999
Agency to Review Y2K Patent
The Washington Post

Md. Unveils $4.5 Million Y2K Disaster Center
The Washington Post

December 22, 1999
Russia Puts Air Traffic Backup Plan in Place

Prince George's County: We're Ready
The Washington Post

December 21, 1999
Md. Courts Make Y2K Backup Plans
The Washington Post

Government Warning About Y2K Hackers
The Washington Post

Most 911 Call Centers Say They Are Ready
Associated Press

December 19, 1999
Area Prepares For Potential Y2K Trouble
The Washington Post

December 17, 1999
A Y2K Patent Fortune Pending?
The Washington Post

Energy Dept. Says Utilities Are Ready
Associated Press

December 16, 1999
Smiling in the Face of Millennial Madness
The Washington Post

Y2K? Don't Panic; Be Prudent
The Washington Post

December 10, 1999
Find Some Y2Komfort at Home
The Washington Post

As Y2K Looms, Italy Takes Its Time Preparing
The Washington Post

December 9, 1999
D.C. Pulls Out All Stops for Last Y2K Drill
The Washington Post

November 30, 1999
Pentagon's Computer Woes Cause Backlog for Security Checks
The Washington Post

November 25, 1999
It's the Sale of the Millennium
The Washington Post

November 23, 1999
Y2K Critic Gives U.S. a B-Plus
The Washington Post

November 18, 1999
Y2K Repair Bill: $100 Billion
The Washington Post

D.C. Will Be Y2K-Ready, Official Says
The Washington Post

November 16, 1999
White House's Y2K Center Hopes for Calm
The Washington Post

For Y2K, Americans Staying Firmly on the Ground
The Washington Post

November 15, 1999
Manassas Park Ready for Millennium
The Washington Post

November 11, 1999
No Major National Y2K Breakdowns Expected
The Washington Post

November 8, 1999
Y2K 'Slowdown' Narrowly Felt
The Washington Post

November 2, 1999
U.S. Airports Seem Safe for Y2K
The Washington Post

November 1, 1999
Y2K Is Not Bugging Everyone in China
The Washington Post

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  • Get any Post Federal Page coverage of Y2K from the past two weeks, including the "Y2K" column which appears from time to time.
  • Pentagon's Computer Woes Cause Backlog for Security Checks (November 30, 1999)
  • Y2K Critic Gives U.S. a B-Plus (November 23, 1999)
  • Y2K Repair Bill: $100 Billion (November 18, 1999)
  • White House's Y2K Center Hopes for Calm (November 16, 1999)
  • No Major National Y2K Breakdowns Expected (November 11, 1999)
  • FBI Warns Of Millennial Violence Risk (October 30, 1999)
  • FEMA Ready for Y2K (October 20, 1999)
  • Worries About Medicare Providers (September 27, 1999)
  • Greenspan: Fear Not Y2K (September 18, 1999)
  • OMB Says Y2K Work is 97 Percent Done (September 14, 1999)
  • State Department's System Runs Smoothly in Global Test (September 10, 1999)
  • Fed Takes Y2K Steps (September 9, 1999)
  • Social Security Learns It Isn't So Y2K-Compliant After All (September 4, 1999)
  • The Bug That Health Care Can't Shake? (August 10, 1999)
  • Schools Behind in Y2K Computer Repairs, White House Says (August 6, 1999)
  • White House to Coordinate Round-the-Clock Monitoring (July 30, 1999)
  • Banking on Y2K Safety (July 29, 1999)
  • Prisons Will Greet the New Year on Guard (July 27, 1999)
  • Y2K Deal Survives Second Thoughts (July 1, 1999)
  • Deal Reached on Bill to Limit Y2K Liability (June 30, 1999)
  • Hill Republicans Try to Dunk Gore in Some Y2K Hot Water (June 24, 1999)
  • Senators Pass Y2K Suit Limits (June 16, 1999)
  • Republicans Postpone Vote on Y2K Measure (June 11, 1999)
  • Utah Senator Plans to Be Prepared (June 1, 1999)
  • OPM Says It's Y2K-Ready (May 21, 1999)
  • Gore Caught in Y2K Liability Cross-Fire (May 7, 1999)
  • HCFA and GAO Still Disagree on Medicare Readiness (April 26, 1999)
  • Lobbyists Given Key Role In Y2K Relief Legislation (April 22, 1999)
  • 'Mission Critical' Systems Are Meeting the Deadline, Mostly (March 31, 1999)
  • Fixing Y2K Glitches May Cost $5.4 Billion (September 3, 1998)
  • Social Security Systems Reported Ready (December 29, 1998)
  • FAA Flying to Catch Up (March 16, 1999)
  • Hurdles in Medicare's Race for A Fix (January 4, 1999)
  • Data Exchanges With States in Question (March 19, 1999)
  • Federal Emergency Command Centers Planned (January 8, 1999)
  • Postal Service Emerging As Key Year 2000 Backup (October 7, 1998)

    U.S. Private Industry

  • It's the Sale of the Millennium (November 25, 1999)
  • Y2K 'Slowdown' Narrowly Felt (November 8, 1999)
  • Stocks Fall On IBM's Bad News (October 22, 1999)
  • White House Urges Small Businesses to Make Needed Repairs -- and Soon (September 27, 1999)
  • Big Corporations, U.S. Agencies Predict Y2K Disruptions Will Be Limited and Local (September 22, 1999)
  • Companies Scrambling for Emergency Cash (September 2, 1999)
  • Learning to Use the Old Ways – Just in Case (June 16, 1999)
  • Plan for Y2K Errors In Trading, Group Says (May 26, 1999)
  • Securities Group Says Wall Street Passes Y2K Test (April 30, 1999)
  • Y2K Readiness Mixed, White House Report Says (April 22, 1999)


  • D.C. Will Be Y2K-Ready, Official Says (November 18, 1999)
  • Manassas Park Ready for Millennium (November 15, 1999)
  • Montgomery Nearly Prepared for Y2K (October 5, 1999)
  • Williams Accepts Blame for Y2K Problems (September 25, 1999)
  • District Hires Firm to Track Y2K Spending (September 24, 1999)
  • City Readies for Y2K With Generators (September 18, 1999)
  • Local Officials Answer Y2K's Worst-Case Scenarios With Teamwork (September 2, 1999)
  • Montgomery County Predicts Few Disruptions (September 2, 1999)
  • Vienna Wants Y2K Telecom Guarantee (August 19, 1999)
  • D.C. Falls Behind on Y2K Fix, GAO Says (August 13, 1999)
  • Local Crisis Groups Are Bugged at a Year 2000-Complacent Public (August 4, 1999)
  • Howard County on Y2K: Be Prepared, Not Scared (July 29, 1999)
  • D.C. Officials Try To Ease Y2K Worries (July 28, 1999)
  • Southern Maryland Discovers Few Glitches in Statewide Simulation Exercise (July 25, 1999)
  • D.C. Seeks Funds To Finish Y2K Fix (June 29, 1999)
  • D.C. Plans To Mobilize Workers for Y2K Backup (June 28, 1999)
  • Manassas Fumbling Toward Y2K (June 19, 1999)
  • Fairfax Tackles Y2K Glitch (June 16, 1999)
  • Maryland Declared Virtually Y2K-Ready (May 18, 1999)
  • Manassas Puts Y2K Trouble-Shooting Into Overdrive (May 2, 1999)
  • Prince George's Still Trying to Catch Up (March 19, 1999)
  • Southern Maryland Has an Advantage (December 27, 1998)
  • Montgomery County Confident on Y2K (December 22, 1998)
  • Arlington's Late Reaction Drawing Criticism (September 17, 1998)
  • Y2K Glitch Leads District Council to Cede Control (March 3, 1999)
  • Stafford to Collaborate With Region on Y2K (April 4, 1999)


  • Y2K Is Not Bugging Everyone in China (November 1, 1999)
  • State Dept. Grants Early Leave for Y2K (October 30, 1999)
  • IMF to Make Loans to Help Countries Hurt by Y2K (September 24, 1999)
  • U.S., Russia Agree to Establish Y2K Center (September 11, 1999)
  • Date Fate: All Nines Are Fine (September 10, 1999)
  • 9s Won't Add Up To Trouble (September 9, 1999)
  • State Dept. to Report on Foreign Debugging (September 7, 1999)
  • Global Survey Foresees Many Y2K Glitches (July 23, 1999)
  • U.N. Seeks to Contain Damage (December 12, 1998)
  • Foreign Nations Trail U.S. On Y2K Fixes (January 21, 1999)


  • Software Expert Argues Against Limited Y2K Liability (May 18, 1999)
  • Lawmakers Work to Keep Liability Bill Alive (April 28, 1999)
  • Can Software Companies Be Sued for Y2K Problems? (March 25, 1999)
  • Companies Might Not Fix Old Software You Rely On (December 21, 1998)
  • Senator Faults Firms' Failure to Report Y2K Status (September 24, 1998)

    Transportation and Utilities

  • For Y2K, Americans Staying Firmly on the Ground (November 16, 1999)
  • U.S. Airports Seem Safe for Y2K (November 2, 1999)
  • Nuclear Plants' Y2K Repairs Delayed (August 5, 1999)
  • Power Industry Says It Isn't Y2K-Worried (August 4, 1999)
  • For Many, New Year's 2000 Means Work (July 8, 1999)
  • Airlines Reported Nearly Ready for Y2K (July 2, 1999)
  • Glitch in Y2K Test Causes Spill Of Raw Sewage Into City Park (June 18, 1999)
  • Air Traffic Is a Go in Y2K Test (April 12, 1999)
  • Pepco Passes a Preliminary Y2K Test (April 10, 1999)

    Are You Ready?

  • There's Hope Yet For Prehistoric PCs (October 26, 1999)
  • Y2K Scams on the Internet (September 30, 1999)
  • Bankers Preach The Gospel of Y2K (August 25, 1999)
  • Getting Ready for Y2K (June 2, 1999)
  • Consumers' Panic Could Cause the Very Problems They Fear (March 22, 1999)
  • Preparing for Others' Lack of Preparation (February 21, 1999)
  • Many Who Fear the Bug Are Preparing for Disaster (December 7, 1998)
  • Is Y2K A Matter of Faith? (November 23, 1998)
  • Y2K's Effect On Your Computer (September 25, 1998)
  • Averting Y2K Problems in Your Appliances (September 3, 1998)

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