New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in two sections ■ Friday, February 21. 1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Kahuna Koipp Vol 145 No72
Crashing into the new millennium
CHECKING THINGS OUT
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Change the time and dale on the computer, or even VCR, to 11:58 p.m. Dec. 31, lim: Wait ana see it me oomputer ww reflect fie year 2000, and if normal operations continue.
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computer should j transition imp uis Local consultant I said resetting the time could cause problems,! ommends users simply call the publisher of the software and ask about the program.Electronic devices may not be ready for year ending in “OO”
By DENISE DZIUK
When the clock strikes midnight and the year changes to 2000, computers. VCRs, traffic light signals, alarm systems and more could start generating inaccurate information or simply shut down.
Jerry Johnson, senior policy analyst for the Texas Department of Information Resources, said many personal computers and main frames could fail in the year 2000 because their systems cannot recognize the year.
“It’s primarily a result of using only the last two digits of a year," said Johnson. "In most cases, it's a minor inconvenience, such as for the typical home user. It could also cause bigger problems.”
Johnson said a computer that cannot determine that OO represents the year 2000 could either generate inaccurate
information or crash. He said there have already been examples of date sensitive problems, when many systems failed to recognize 1996.
"You won’t really know (what will happen) until you run a risk analysis test on the equipment,” said Johnson. "It varies."
Johnson said the problems associated with the new year will not be limited to computers. He said microprocessors contain the same potential time bomb. Johnson said other operations threatened by the year 2000 include power plants, waste-water plants, security systems, traffic light signals, and central air and heating.
“I’m not so worried about the business community, they’ll be prepared.” said Johnson. Tm very afraid of what people will miss in infrastructure that might malfunction and hurt someone."
Gilbert Meier, traffic signal manager for the Texas Department of Transportation, said traffic lights should continue to* function properly in 2000.
‘To my knowledge, with what my suppliers are saying, there shouldn’t be a problem,” said Meier.
Paula DiFonzo, general manager of New Braunfels Utilities, said the software provider has already begun to prepare for the conversion, and billing operations should remain uninterrupted. NBU water sewer engineer Wesley HamfT said NBU’s equipment does “live processing” and the software is expected to be upgraded in the near future, so services should not be affected “Either way, I don’t forsee us having any significant problems," said HamfT.
Local computer consultant David Herman said many of the software publishers are already updating their products. Herman said Macintosh computers are equipped to work in 2000, and MicroSoft has also addressed the issue.
"A lot of that's going to be fixed by that point, and with word processing, you really don’t have to worry about that” said Herman, "lf you’re still using older software, you’ll have to upgrade it because it will need the new version.” Johnson said consumers should make sure they question the salesperson about equipment before they pur
chase it, and be aware of the potential problems with existing equipment.
“You have to start looking at everything for a microprocessor or computer " said Johnson. “The average citizen needs to start looking and asking if the city has starter! addressing these issues."
For systems that cannot recognize
the year 2(XX), Johnson said the remedies vary depending on the program and the system. Johnson said systems could need upgrading or need new microprocessors or equipment could have to he replaced.
"It depends on the situation," said Johnson.St.immtisch
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Dear Abby....................................3ABirthday wtshas from tha MarahMMtung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ndroae Koepp, Kathy Bird-we!, Anthony Peanon, Christine tiller, Jennifer Simpson, Robert Raker, Kenneth Kilting, Harlem Balladier (Saturday), Shaina Ryan, Rhonda Canto!, Jenny Knetapper (13 years old), Lynn Rodgers (50 years old), Erin Hand, Mete* Yeoman, Eugene Jcket, Timmy Richter.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Kflea and Dong Frerich (5 years), Betty and Dale Wright, Bernie and Terry Salge (17 years), Bobby and Betty Earl, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Tousch (belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mountain Cedar — unavailable
(Polen measured to pens per meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 226 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei — 623 82 teat above ate level, up .04 Canyon Dam discharge — 4,620 cfs Canyon Latta inflow —146 cfs Canyon Late level — 909.45 feet above sea level. (Above ooneervatton pod.)
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The Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations. All items are welcomed. Bring donations to 132 Cadded Lane a contact Pete at 625-3439 tor pick ups on t uesday and Wednesday Thrift shop hours are 9 arn to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Drug, alcohol ainu# counseling classes
The Guada-Coma Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has begun registration for the agency’s upcoming Chemical Dependency Counseling classes Classes are limited, so sign up early For information caK 600-9032
Registration is under way for the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department s Youth Tennis Program Group lessons for youth 12 and older will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p m Mondays at the Prince Sol ms Tennis Courts The five-week program begins March 3. The fee i6 $25 per participant Register at Larv da Recreation Center Call 608-2167 for information
The Community Chorale is a group of local people who love to sing Under the direction of Pat Prichard, the choir sings a variety of music and invites oth or singers to join in. Rehearsals begin Tuesday for an April con cert of show tunes Regular rehearsals are held from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the Eden Home Friendship Room. Call 629-4174.
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annual City-Wide Garage Sale from 10 a m. to 4 p.m. March 2 ai the Civic Center Booth renta $25 for one: $20 for each addi tional Admission $1 for adults maximum $2 per family Accepting donations now Cal 620-0939 for information.
WORD, Canyon chamber join forces for lake promotion
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — Hoping to spread the good word about Canyon Lake, the Canyon I .ake Chamber of Commerce ha* come up with a plan to get more people to come, shop and vacation at Canyon Lake.
The chamber’s promotions and public relations plan was presented at the Comal County Water Onented Recreation District hoard meeting Wednesday night at the Canyon Lake Action C olter WORD has signed two 6-month contracts with the chamber for $7,500. The funds will be used to promote and advertise the lake.
Chamber Executive Director Beverly Pledger said the plan includes radio spots in San Antonio and New Braunfels, magazine advertising and television spots in various cities.
“We will have radio spots on WOA1, KKYX and KCiNB,” Pledger said "Jud Ashmore will be doing information on Canyon Lake and that will he Thursdays and f ridays. KGNB will start up with two-minute segments every friday stilling on Feb. 28. Those will have information, late breaking news and calendar events on the lake "They (KCiNB) will do a 15 minute pmgnun on Sunday un people, activities and events.”
New brochures will highlight the activities and attractions at Canyon Lake, Pledger said.
"We will be printing new Canyon Lake brochures as well," she said "They will be four-fold, glossy and multi-colored.”
Pledger san! the brochures will pnfahly he printed by an agency in San Antonio T he chamber will advertise in the “Discover T exas I HU Country" magazine, "Fly Fisherman,” a national publication winch is read by fly fisherman, and in the Trout Unlimited state newsletter
Cable TV spots will be produced for the San Antonio. Houston, Seguin, Boerne, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Marcos markets.
WOK!) Manager Jim Inman said mtist of the funds provided by WORD will be used for the advertising and promotion of the lake and the Guadalupe River.
‘Thirty pervert will he utilized lur over-licad costs,” bu nan said “Seventy pervert will be for advertising and promotion" In other business:
■ Appointed board members Guy Anderson, Scott Watson and Jack Ijin-more to an ad hex: committee to work with the county to developing an interlocal agreement tor the development and management of Nichols landing near Specht's Crossing in Spring Branch. Ilk; county recently secured a lease for property which will be used by rafters and tubers.
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