CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Computers are not as smart as some might think when it comes to solving the problem Franklin County Commissioner Cheryl Plummer referred to as "Y2K."
That's the year 2000 problem, she explained Wednesday. Governments and businesses depend on computers to process ever-increasing loads of information, but many computers will be scratching their electronic brains after Dec. 31, 1999.
The County Commissioners Office received three proposals Tuesday from computer consultants to evaluate the problem in the county's computer systems, according to Commissioner Robert L. Thomas. He said the options range in cost from $5,000 to $10,000 and will be evaluated before a contract is awarded later this month.
The problem is many computer systems were not programmed to recognize the change from one century to another. The fear is that when 2000 arrives, the computers will roll over from 1999 to 1900.