Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Programs Rush Market to Fix Y2K Problems

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Programs Rush Market to Fix Y2K Problems

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For something that boils down to just two digits, the Year 2000 problem certainly has created a thorny dilemma for business and governments around the world. It also presents risks to consumers, who may find that their personal computers won't be able to handle the fact that "00" could just as easily be 1900 as 2000. And many software programs -- including Windows 98 -- could have problems when the big ball comes down in Times Square next year on Dec. 31, 1999.

Where there is danger there also is opportunity, however. In this case, it's the opportunity for software companies to make money selling programs that fix Y2K problems in PCs. A flurry of such programs has hit the market in recent months, and more are sure to follow as the deadly deadline approaches.

Y2K programs check your hardware and software for year 2000 compliance. They're also designed to fix many of the problems they encounter, including changing two-digit date fields to four digits in database and spreadsheet files. In most newer PCs, Y2K software probably can fix the system's bios and clock so that they can handle the new millennium. The bios is the built-in software that tests your system at startup and makes sure the software can work with the hardware. If your PC was made before 1997, however, you may have to upgrade the bios. Not surprisingly, the two front-runners in the race for your year 2000 dollars are Symantec and Network Associates -- the same companies that have made a killing scaring the hell out of people about computer viruses and getting them to buy anti-virus programs. Symantec sells Norton 2000 for $50, and Network Associates sells the McAfee 2000 Toolbox for $30. Another popular Y2K program is Fix 2000, which goes for $50, from Intelliquis. I tested all three of those programs on a Compaq Presario loaded with Windows 98, Microsoft Office 97, Microsoft Money, Microsoft Front Page, WinFax Pro, America Online, Netscape Communicator, Paint Shop Pro, Zip-It and a bunch of other stuff I can't remember. …

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