COUNTDOWN TO MELTDOWN

Information systems executives have found themselves in the unenviable role of the messenger with unpleasant news: "Year 2000" is coming and it's not time to celebrate.The bad news is most systems, left to operate with file structures containing only two digits to represent a given year, will malfunction when computer clocks flip to Jan. 1, 2000.Experts say the steps necessary to overcome the problem

Information systems executives have found themselves in the unenviable role of the messenger with unpleasant news: "Year 2000" is coming and it's not time to celebrate.

The bad news is most systems, left to operate with file structures containing only two digits to represent a given year, will malfunction when computer clocks flip to Jan. 1, 2000.

Experts say the steps necessary to overcome the problem will consume massive resources in time, people and dollars, on the order of

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