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Local ISPs aren't worried about millennium bug

"Jim Broumley has the answer to the Y2K computer bug.The co-owner of Wave of the Future Computer Solutions in East Bremerton even gave it away as Christmas gifts: a shrink-wrapped package he calls the “Ultimate Y2K back-up system.”“It’s a pencil in a shrinkwrapped container. On one end, pointing toward the tip, it says ‘print.’ On the other end of the pencil pointing toward the eraser, it says ‘delete,’” Broumley chuckled.Seriously though, Broumley says Wave of the Future hasn’t received many questions about Y2K. The calendars will roll over Friday night, and all of the computer equipment and software built incompatible or unpatched may go haywire.“We haven’t had many questions. But of those we’ve had, most of the questions deal with customers’ own personal computer at home,” Broumley said. Wave of the Future deals primarily with home computer users and small, independent businesses.“Most of those fears are related to later 1995 and 1998 (Microsoft) Windows” Broumley said, each of which are Y2K compatible. Earlier versions of Windows can be fixed with a downloaded patch from the Microsoft Web site, http://www.microsoft.com. If you have questions about your computer hardware or software, Silverdale Internet Service Provider Silverlink has set up a comprehensive site that may provide the answers. The site offers links to both the Windows and Macintosh patch sites, plus software sites, emergency management and government sites.Silverlink’s Y2K site is located at:http://www.silverlink.net/y2k.html"

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