millennium bug

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millennium bug

n
(Computer Science) computing any software problem arising from the change in date at the start of the 21st century

millen′nium bug`



n.
Informal. a bug that can cause computers or software to misinterpret the first two digits of the year 2000 as 19, due to the coding of dates using only the last two digits of the year.
[1990–95]
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Credit unions were all "green" New Year's weekend as the year 2000 finally arrived and the dreaded Y2K bug moved to center stage.
While avian flu may well prove to be the new Y2K bug, colleges and universities are wise to at least have a plan to deal with it and other health crises.
Most state governments have improved their information technology systems as a result of the Y2K bug.
Fears of the Y2K bug now seem distant, if not forgotten.
Dealers said investors, especially those who had been cautious late last year, were in a euphoric mood to buy after Singapore crossed over into 2000 without any major glitch from the Y2K bug.
People had apparently scheduled their trips later than usual not only because of the Y2K bug but also due to the fact that Coming-of-Age Day, a national holiday, will this year fall on Jan.
Norway's 16 airport express trains and 13 high-speed, long-distance Signatur trains were struck by the Y2K bug on 31 January 2000.
Apparently, the engineers and technicians knew how to fix the Y2K bug and they did it well.
Ironically, the much-feared Y2K bug didn't wreak havoc.
First, it was in no one's interest to let the Y2K bug cause problems.
A persistent and popular rumor asserted that the government planned to impose martial law on January 1, whether or not the Y2K bug shut down systems, and that this was true because somebody's uncle or brother or dog had seen an undercover shipment of plastic road signs in a truck somewhere.
Such glitches were rare, however, as Asia entered the year 2000 with few signs of the much-feared Y2K bug.