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Time Bomb 2000!: What the Year 2000 Computer Crisis Means to You! by Edward Yourdon

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This is the first practical guide to the Y2K crisis for everyone! This expert guide discusses what problems are likely to occur, how they will impact individuals and society, and what you can do to prepare as an individual. This book is aimed at everyone whose life is affected by computers – whether or not they ever touch a keyboard. It poses the question: “What if the computer industry fails to fix the Year 2000 problem?” Then, it systematically reviews the consequences for employment, the economy, health, transportation and many other issues –assessing the relative probabilities of failure. Best of all, the book presents practical contingency plans and fallback positions for individuals in the event the worst happens. Anyone with an interest in the Y2K problem.

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Writings on the year 2000 (Y2K) problem, or the “millennium bug” as some would have it, have been limited to highly technical analyses of specific problems and their solutions. Very little attention has been paid to how the Y2K problem will affect the lives of average people and everyday systems, even though many prognosticators believe this is where the problem will have the largest impact. In Time Bomb 2000: What the Year 2000 Computer Crisis Means to You, Edward and Jennifer Yourdon do just that by presenting a collection of scenarios ranging from the best we can hope for to the worst cases. Each chapter investigates a different area of computing and the possible effects of this disaster on each. From home PCs to world financial networks, the Yourdons explore a variety of “domino effects” that January 1, 2000, could trigger and the necessary time, effort, and cost to fix the aftermath. The impacts on real life could be anywhere between annoying and catastrophic, and the authors examine each extreme. Each chapter contains “fallback advice,” describing the amount of time required to repair these systems. (The authors liken Y2K to a hurricane–it only lasts a day, but requires a year of cleanup.)

Although the Yourdons insist that their overall view is optimistic, it's hard not to feel doomed when reading some of the worst-case scenarios brought on by the year 2000 problem. While Time Bomb 2000 is meant to be an alert, it's not time to start stockpiling canned goods yet, and we can probably still party like it's 1999 right on schedule. However, we should remain extremely mindful of what may await us the next morning.

Book Details

Author: Edward Yourdon Publisher: Prentice Hall Ptr Binding: Paperback Language: English Pages: 448


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