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Word Explanation
y-axis

The vertical axis, representing height, in an x-y coordinate system or three-dimensional coordinate system.

y-punch

A punch in the top row of a Hollerith card.

Y2K

Year 2000. The year that many computers may develop problems because of lack of foresight on the part of programmers. In the 1980s and before, most computer programs were designed to store only the last two digits of the years on all dates. When the Year 2000 comes, these programs will show dates of 00, which may be interpreted the same as 1900. This discrepancy may cause widespread problems, especially in the large computer systems used in government and big industries. For some reason, nobody thought to do something about this problem until the 1990s, and it may be too late. Even though most programs have been updated, it will be difficult to track down all the places the date problem occurs.

Y2K baseline inventory

An initial inventory of system data using 54 of 108 data elements identified by the Air Force Year 2000 Working Group.

Y2K Challenge

The challenge to an institution to respond to the Y2K problem.

Y2K compliant

Tested and proven capable of correct identification, manipulation, and calculation using dates outside the range of 1900-1999; or not dependent on dates in order to function.

Y2K event horizon

The year a system is expected to experience Year 2000-related problems as a result of date projections.

Y2K noncompliant

Tested and proven not capable of reliably using dates outside the range of 1900-1999.

Y2K OK

Ready for the Year 2000.

Y2K readiness plan

A detailed plan for bringing an organization’s system into Y2K compliance.

Y2K ready

This expression has been used with several different, and contradictory, meanings: 1. Y2K compliant. 2. Ready for Y2K, but not necessarily Y2K compliant; implies the organization has contingency plans in case computer systems fail. 3. Able to handle date manipulation and store four-digit dates, but not requiring the user to enter a four-digit year.

Y2P

Year 2000 Problem. In the 1980s and before, most computer programs were designed to store only the last two digits of the years on all dates. When the Year 2000 comes, these programs will show dates of 00, which may be interpreted the same as 1900. This discrepancy may cause widespread problems, especially in the large computer systems used in government and big industries. Efforts to correct the problem before 2000 may be too late.

YA

Yet Another.

YABA

Yet Another Bloody Acronym

yacc

Yet Another Compiler Compiler. A UNIX compiler used to generate C compilers.

YAFIYGI

You Asked For It, You Got It. Refers to user interfaces which are not WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). With YAFIYGI, the file on the screen may show text and code, but does not show what the printed out copy will look like.

Yagi Antenna

Yagi Antenna is an antenna type that radiates in only a specific direction. Yagi antennas are used only in point-to-point situations.

YAHOO

Yet Another Hierarchical Organized Oracle. An online World Wide Web directory, found at http://www.yahoo.com. It includes access to the Alta Vista search engine. Also called Yet Another Hierarchically Officious Oracle.

Yahoo! Pager

Yahoo!'s instant messaging system

Yahooligans!

YAHOO for children.

YAOTM

Yet Another Off-Topic Message.

YAUN

Yet Another Unix Nerd

yay

Yet Another Yacc. An extension of UNIX compiler yacc (Yet Another Compiler Compiler).

Year 2000

(Y2K). The year that many computers may develop problems because of lack of foresight on the part of programmers. In the 1980s and before, most computer programs were designed to store only the last two digits of the years on all dates. When the Year 2000 comes, these programs will show dates of 00, which may be interpreted the same as 1900. This discrepancy may cause widespread problems, especially in the large computer systems used in government and big industries. For some reason, nobody thought to do something about this problem until the 1990s, and it may be too late. Even though most programs have been updated, it will be difficult to track down all the places the date problem occurs.

Year 2000 compliant

Tested and proven capable of correct identification, manipulation, and calculation using dates outside the range of 1900-1999; or not dependent on dates in order to function.

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