Year 2000: Resellers Don't Get It

Don't expect your computer reseller to help you over the bridge to the 21st century. According to a recent poll of 1,650 resellers by Double E Computer Systems, a computer-services outfit in Omaha, a measly 2% have any plan for dealing with the Year 2000 (Y2K) problem. One-third don't even want to hear about it! Even models shipped as late as 1997 have Y2K flaws, as Michael Susslin, chairman of Simons & Susslin Manufacturing Inc., recently found out. After spending $25,000 on Y2K compliance for the company's mainframe, the 100-employee firm had its 45 PCs checked by Y2K consultants Senior Staff 2000. All but two flunked--including Susslin's own. He estimates it'll cost about $100 per PC to fix it. For background, check out Web sites such as www.year2000.com, www.millennia-bcs.com/index.htm, or www.sba.gov/y2k.

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