SOLOMONS PROVIDENT FUND COMPUTERS UPGRADED TO DEAL

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WITH "MILLENNIUM BUG"

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (May 11 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---Members of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (NFP) have been assured that the fund's computer system is being upgraded to deal with the change of date at midnight December 31, 1999, as the date and year changes to Year 2000.

Senior analyst computer program officer with the fund Tony Koraua says NPF is confident that its computers will be in compliance in the Year 2000, the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Company reports.

He says NPF has been upgrading its computer system for some time now to deal with what has become known as the "millennium bug."

Koraua says the problem is that older computers used only two digits to denote the year, so that 1999 would be represented by "99". This means that Year 2000 becomes 'zero-zero' and many computers will not recognize this and either crash or think that the date is 1900.

Koraua says new computers do not suffer from this limitation and will cope with the Year 2000 date change effectively, but many older systems will need checking.

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