Time Bomb 2000: What the Year 2000 Computer Crisis Means to You! Revised & Updated Edition
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Titel: Time Bomb 2000: What the Year 2000 Computer ...
Verlag: Prentice Hall Ptr
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Time Bomb 2000 has become a world-wide bestseller because it doesn't just tell you that there's a Y2K crisis on the way: it spells out how to evaluate your personal risks -- and what you can do about them. As the crunch draws closer, this new edition is essential reading for everyone. Based on the absolute latest information, you'll learn what problems are likely to occur, how they will impact individuals and society, and what you can do to prepare. You'll find updated coverage of virtually every major aspect of society, including communications, power distribution, transportation, finance, travel, medicine, social services, education and employment - with expert assessments of the probabilities -- and consequences -- of failure. Best of all, you'll also find practical contingency plans and fallback positions if the worst happens.Review:
Unlike many Y2K books available, Time Bomb 2000 offers a programmer's point of view on the issue--Edward Yourdon is a software engineer and the author of the well-regarded Yourdon Computing Series for software development. (His coauthor, Jennifer, is his daughter.)
While the Yourdons occasionally use Internet-based Y2K slang, such as TEOTWAWKI (which, for the uninitiated, means "the end of the world as we know it"), it's not likely that they'll be carving out space in a hillside somewhere. They do project a life very different from the one that currently exists, but advocate a commonsense approach to the impending crisis.
To that end, Time Bomb 2000 provides a chapter on each of the areas of infrastructure weakness: public utilities, transportation (automobiles included), banking and finance, news channels, hospitals, telephone and mail services, the U.S. government (social security, food stamps, the IRS, the Defense Department, and a brief overview of state and local agencies). A small portion of the book deals with the question of international economies. Each segment ends with advice on any one of four scenarios: facing a 2-day, 1-month, 1-year, or 10-year failure of each of the given systems. An informative look at what may well be a central issue for us all, Time Bomb 2000 provides important information without trying to answer the unanswerable. --Jennifer Buckendorff
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