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Conference Tuesday on year 2000 problem

The clock may be ticking toward disaster for companies that have not yet investigated whether they have a year 2000 problem.

Businesses can learn more about what's at stake at "The Year 2000: A Business Problem" conference on Tuesday, Feb. 17.Organized by Quantified Management of Orem, the daylong event will feature a keynote speech by Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah. Bennett will discuss plans at the federal level to address the issue, as well as how those stratagies may affect business.

The problem stems from the fact that many computer systems, programs and devices that use micro-controllers will interpret the year 2000 as the year 1900. In order to save memory space, programmers used only the last two fields to indicate the year; the assumption was the first two digits would be "19."

As the world enters the new century many programs and devices may fail or operate incorrectly if the date code is not fixed.

The conference will be held at the Little America Hotel from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $30, which includes breakfast. The registration deadline is Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. To register or for more information, call 801-299-2966.