Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Small Businesses Clear Y2K Hurdle Few Problems Seen in Florida

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Small Businesses Clear Y2K Hurdle Few Problems Seen in Florida

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The big dogs came through the year 2000 date rollover just fine, after spending billions of dollars.

Now the news from small businesses is also reassuring.

"We really haven't gotten any indication that small business in the state has been negatively affected," Florida Y2K coordinator Scott McPherson said yesterday.

Consider Imad Herfy. He is in the dry cleaning business, and his stores on San Jose Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue were open for business at 7 a.m. yesterday.

He and his wife, Christina, use two computers to operate their stores. One is a 5-year-old AST brand desktop, the other a 3-year-old Hitachi running Microsoft's Windows 95. The Herfys had done nothing to prepare for the date rollover.

"First thing I did this morning was turn them on," Imad Herfy said, and "the right date came up; everything was fine."

Bill Tenckhoff has four computers that between them span the past nine years of computer history. The oldest is from 1991, when the Y2K date rollover problem wasn't on the horizon for most people; the newest is about a year old.

Tenckhoff and his wife, Tracey, own the Postal Annex at University Boulevard West and San Jose Boulevard.

"I brought up the computers . . . and didn't have a glitch," Tenckhoff said.

The two newer desktop computers, which also operate the cash registers, are less than 3 years old and worked just fine, Tenckhoff said. So did the year-old laptop on which they keep the accounts.

Tenckhoff prepared for Y2K by manually testing the internal clocks on the computers.

The Tenckhoffs also have a 1991 Packard Bell desktop computer, which uses a microprocessor that was state of the art when it came out. It is similar to Intel Corp.'s 486 microprocessor, and the operating system was Microsoft's first Windows product, Windows 3.1.

The Tenckhoffs prepared that veteran PC for Y2K by turning it off sometime last summer and forgetting about it in the back of the store.

Then, out of curiosity, Bill Tenckhoff turned the machine on yesterday along with the others. "It fired right up," he said, and it had the right date.

Not all aging computers fared as well. …

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