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1997-09-17 10:22:15


NASA Discovers Truth: Most PC'S Are Not Compliant



This report in FEDERAL COMPUTER WEEK (Sept. 15) spells it out: most PC's will fail in 2000.

Over 70% failed. Apple Macintoshes fared better, but they did not achieve 100% compliance.

It is estimated that 80% are noncompliant nationally. "The problem is much bigger than most people realize,'' said Royce Goble, the chief operating officer at GMR Technologies International (GMRTI), a Year 2000 vendor in Manassas, Va. "In sheer numbers, it could be a bigger problem than the mainframe environment'' due to the large installed base of desktops and portable PCs, he added.

It will cost the U.S. government an estimated $3.8 billion to repair its machines.

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A check of 61 PC models at NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, determined that 72 percent are not Year 2000-compliant, according to a draft report obtained by FCW. . . .

Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh computers fared better than the space agency's PCs. NASA officials at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., tested versions 7.0 through 8.0 of the Macintosh operating system for date/time functions and found that all versions passed three out of four separate tests that Ames conducted. . . .


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