Millennium 200: So Far Few Y2K Glitches Have AppearedAired January 1, 2000 - 1:02 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Billions of dollars were spent to ensure that vital computer operations survived the millennium bug. Few glitches were reported during the rollover to the year 2000, as we've said.
And CNN's Jeanne Meserve is standing by at the national Y2K emergency center in Washington.
Jeanne, I guess -- are they ready to start drinking champagne yet there, I guess we should ask?
JEANNE MESERVE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: No, they aren't. It has been a happy new year so far for national Y2K officials. There have been a few glitches but they have been minor ones. The Pentagon has disclosed that it had some problems processing information from an intelligence satellite for a hours last night, but a backup system was put in place.
Five nuclear power plants in the U.S. had some problems with access and monitoring systems. None of those affected the safety of the plants, none of those affected their ability to generate power. In fact, no one in the U.S. suffered any sort of power disruptions during the roll over.
Amtrak's monitoring system had some problems keeping track of all of the trains it had on its tracks, but numbers for the trains were inserted manually, and that situation was cleared up.
A security system at a federal building in Omaha was locked in the open position, but fortunately the building was under renovation and it was not occupied at the time. Again, that situation was remedied.
But officials continue to issue the caution that we may not be out of the woods yet. This is a holiday weekend, Monday will be business day and a number of computer systems will be put to the test for the first time.
But so far, so good, and at a briefing a few hours a demonstration from the head of the president's Y2K conversion council on how smoothly the transition is going.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) JOHN KOSKINEN, PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL ON Y2K CONVERSIONS: This is -- actually looks staged, but this is an actual FedEx package mailed to me last night by the postal service from Los Angeles. And the question was, would it be work, and would it process through the system.
This is John Leonard (ph) of the Postal Service, postal carriers are better dressed these days than they used to be. And so it says for noon delivery, and if you open it... . We did pre-stage the fact that we would ask him to mail it to see if it worked. You get stamps of "Celebrate the Century."
(END VIDEO CLIP)
But Mr. Koskinen strongly implied that if his stage test had not worked, we might never have heard about it.
Jeanne Meserve, CNN, reporting live from the national Y2K center in Washington.
ALLEN: Glad to get that report. Thanks to you, Jean.
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