As Y2k issue looms, Apple users take comfort David Niles


SBT editor
While the year 2000 computer bug issue may pose gloom and doom for millions of businesses, it’s comforting to know that those of us in the publishing business are pretty much immune from the problem – at least the majority of us who rely on Apple computers.
Apple computers will not die when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, 1999. The company’s Macintosh computers have always had the ability to transition past the year 2000, Apple reports.
Apple says its Mac operating systems can correctly represent dates through the year 2040, and that its date-and-time utility covers dates to the year 29,940.
Owners of some older, non-Macintosh Apple II models who use old operating systems, however, will have to update their operating systems.
A further advantage of Apple computers is their ability to recognize that Feb. 29, 2000 does exist. The year 2000 is a leap year and, apparently, many computers aren’t programmed to accept Feb. 29 that year as a valid date.
While the Mac operating systems are basically free of the year 2000 problem, some software Mac operators use may be affected. Those include the popular Microsoft Word and Excel programs. Excel, for example, doesn’t realize that Feb. 29, 2000 exists. And, depending on the version of Word being used, that software could force your computer to lock up or fail to locate files dated beyond Dec. 31, 1999.
One of Microsoft Websites, at, has more on the problems and what to do to correct them.

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