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Jerry P. Becker

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Posted: Jan 22, 1999 9:01 AM
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From the NSF ...


A majority of Americans think computer mistakes due to the
Year 2000 issue will cause only minor problems for themselves or
in general, but nearly half of Americans responding to a recent
Gallup poll said they would avoid travelling on airplanes or
around January 1, 2000.

The same national questionnaire reports Americans think
possible "Y2K" computer glitches will have little or no effect on
the nation's economy, yet nearly two-thirds of those polled say
they will seek extra confirmation of bank account, retirement
fund or other financial records. The poll also showed more than
two-thirds of those polled believe "Y2K" computer problems will
last several weeks to several months, and possibly as long as a

George Strawn, the National Science Foundation's (NSF)
Computer Networking Division director, stresses that American
industry, government and academia largely are aware of what they
need to do to be fully prepared. Strawn believes there is no
need for worry or concern, but that anyone with a home computer
needs to review the manufacturer's instructions and warranties to
see if any corrective measures are necessary.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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