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Imagine waking up the morning of January 1, 2000. Sunlight streams through the blinds. You have a splitting headache because you partied way too hard last night. You get up, leave the bedroom, and check the time on your digital alarm clock. It's blinking an indecipherable time. You think, "The electricity must have gone out." And you're right. You pick up your phone only to be greeted by silence. "Well, it should be back on in a few hours." Wrong! (The phone might not be operable for days.) A final horrible realization occurs when you enter the kitchen — Mr. Coffee won't work! Is this starting to sound like "Scream 3"? It should, but this isn't fiction. And the reality has the potential to be much worse. All this because a backroom computer at your company (or anyone else's) set in motion 25 years ago counts the date via two digits instead of four.
Time Bomb 2000, by Jennifer and Edward Yourdon, is the layperson's approach to the year 2000 computer crisis. The Yourdons are not offering a placebo solution: "...given the complexity of the problem, we think it's pretentious for anyone to suggest that he or she [has one]." In lieu of a solution, the Yourdons have delineated the issues necessary for the noncomputer expert to consider in the face of Time Bomb 2000. This is an indispensable book for anyone who hopes to weather the year 2000 computer crisis.