INTRODUCTION

A number of years ago, there was a great panic in the world of computing, IT and electronics. The fact that the world was about to enter a new millennium sent ‘experts’ dashing and chasing in all directions, spreading the word that any electronic device that was in use relied on time and date information and, as such, was unlikely to continue working as soon as the clocks struck midnight on 1st January 2000. For many, this would mean an opportunity to sell their services – some at greatly inflated prices, due to the ever-increasing levels of distress that this pending doom was bringing. It also meant, however, that in organisations throughout the developed world, many long hours would be spent looking long and hard at all the devices ...

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