"Have you ever been in a car accident? Time seems to slow down as you realize you're going to crash into the car ahead you.
It's too late to avoid it - you're going to crash. All you can do is watch it happen.
The information systems community is heading toward an event more devasting than a car crash. We are heading toward the year 2000. We are heading toward a failure of our standard date format: MM/DD/YY.
Unfortunately, unlike the car crash, time will not slow down for us. If anything, we're accelerating toward disaster.
There is a good news/bad news story. First the bad news: There is very little good news. There is no way to avoid the fact that our information systems are based on a faulty standard that will cost the worldwide computer community billions of dollars in programming effort.
Perhaps more importantly, we are going to suffer a credibility crisis. We and our computers were supposed to make life easier; this was our promise. What we have delivered is a catastrophe.
The problem is twofold: the date issue itself and, more importantly, our reluctance to address the problem."