Year 2000 Problem

Lai See

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Friday, 11 June, 2010, 12:00am

Vessels warned of harbour ban amid computer glitch worries

The Marine Department has reminded ship masters, owners, agents and vessel operators to pay attention to port operations on February 29 and March 1, dates that could trigger Y2K problems.

A Marine Department spokesman said all computer-related equipment should be Y2K compliant.

25 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Cold comfort for elderly

ELDERLY people at a residential centre in Pokfulam were served no hot food yesterday because of the Y2K bug scare, a relative of a resident has alleged.

It was claimed that only canned food and bread, but no hot meals, were given to residents yesterday at the Ho Sin Hang home for the elderly run by the Society for the Aged.

2 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Y2K shows world can co-operate

ON Friday, the letters I was typing on my laptop suddenly started coming up on the screen in red. Each had a line through the middle of it, as if everything I wrote was being crossed out.

2 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Year 2000 Global countdown

With a new millennium being such a rare occasion, it is right and proper that a one-night party is not enough. There are many more hours to go, with television, radio and the Internet making this a global, round-the-clock celebration and news event.

1 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Fashion chain to shut early - just in case

Fashion chain store Bossini is to close its shops five hours before the Y2K rollover and use security guards to avoid possible millennium bug chaos.

The territory-wide shutdown makes the chain the only high street retail outlet to stop operations before normal closing time.

31 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Y2K ready or not

When tomorrow dawns, provided it does so without the planet coming to a standstill, we may have heard the last about Y2K.

31 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Police on 'first degree alert' in case of chaos

Police across the mainland have been on 'first degree alert' since midnight on Wednesday to handle any disruption caused by the millennium bug, China News Service said yesterday.

31 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Army on standby as Guangzhou braces for bug

The Guangzhou Government is prepared to call in the army if the millennium computer bug causes widespread public disruption.

Under an emergency plan drawn up by the municipality, traffic police will be on 24-hour alert and residents are being encouraged to stockpile food and bottled water in case computer systems fail at midnight tomorrow.

30 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

HSBC swipe terminals suffer date malfunction

Signs that the turn of the century could cause problems for computer systems emerged when credit and charge card swipe machines issued by HSBC Holdings started erroneously rejecting purchase requests.

Retailers across Britain have been suddenly forced to start making purchase authorisation requests manually, creating long queues at cash tills across the country.

30 Dec 1999 - 12:00am


Two local importers of livestock and poultry are stockpiling meat to cope with a possible Y2K bug breakdown over New Year.

Ng Fung Hong, the major importer of livestock from the mainland, said it would keep double the normal stock at its Shenzhen farm.

29 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Branches close on New Year's Eve

Mainland banks will close to the public on New Year's Eve but staff will go to work to close the accounts for the year, according to a People's Bank of China (PBOC) official.

The official, in the bank's unit dealing with the Y2K bug, said he was confident there would be no bank runs and that the public had confidence in the measures taken to combat the bug.

29 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Millennium dupe nets $37,000

THREE men in their 30s walked away with $37,000 after duping a woman in Hung Shui Bridge market, Tuen Mun, by selling her 13 bags of pain killers they claimed could cure the Y2K millennium bug.

12 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Seeking Daya Bay assurances

Over the past year I have received, through my letter box, numerous assurances from the utility companies, banks, etc, that they are fully year-2000-compliant and that their services will not be affected in any way just after the clock strikes midnight on December 31.

11 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Better be ready to hunker in your Y2K bunker

The Millennium is coming! The end is nigh! Well, some people seem to think so anyway.

24 Nov 1999 - 12:00am