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Examples of Some Y2K Glitches

February 27, 2000 GMT

A sampling of Y2K glitches since Jan. 1:


_The Oregon Statewide Year 2000 Project Office relied on an electronic device that stamped Jan. 1, 2000, as Dec. 32, 1999. A glitch also delayed processing of food stamps and other benefits for one day.

_A video store in upstate New York tried to charge a customer $91,250 after computers showed a rented movie was being returned 100 years late.

_Web sites for Vice President Al Gore’s campaign and the U.S. Naval Observatory, the nation’s timekeeper, showed the year as 19100.


_Computers at 33 airport weather stations in Iowa briefly stopped sending reports.

_At the Oak Ridge nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee, Y2K disrupted a computer that tracks weight and type of nuclear material. Plant operations were unaffected.

_Merchants who failed to upgrade software from CyberCash posted some credit charges multiple times.


_In Sweden, Y2K shut down equipment used to interpret electrocardiogram data at some hospitals, though the EKG machines were not affected.

_France’s defense satellite system lost its ability to detect equipment failure but continued to operate.

_Heat failed in apartments for about 900 families in Pyongchon, South Korea.

_Data banks in Venice and Naples, Italy, listed prisoners due to be released Jan. 10 as having completed their terms Jan. 10, 1900.

_Eight computerized traffic lights failed in Jamaica.

_Up to 30,000 older cash registers in Greece printed receipts showing the year 1900.