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(This article states there were "minor" Y2k problems at Great Britain's nuclear plant(s). That's news to me)

January 4th 2000

German News

Only Minor "Y2K" Casualties in Germany

No Major "Leap Year" Problems Expected

Hamburg - 04 January (rpo.) New Year's Day came and went without major "y2k" casualties, but minor problems arose on Monday when most companies resumed their business activities on the first official working day of the new millennium. According to a "dpa" poll, stock exchange markets and companies in Germany were off to a calm and uneventful business day. Experts do not expect major problems in the weeks to come. At least, this expectation was voiced by the federal government's "Year-2000-Committee" in Berlin which officially concluded its work Monday night. The 28 reported technical defects suffered by "minor systems" in nuclear plants all occurred outside of Germany: in Japan, Spain, Great Britain and the United States.

The German Microsoft branch was also quick to display optimism: "There were fewer question than on any given ordinary Monday," a company spokeswoman said in Munich. Public internet forums registered many minor problems related to the millennium bug as reported by users.

Many online banking customers reported their bank statements were incorrect. A spokesman of one of Germany's leading online services, "T-Online", said the errors were due to outdated banking software: "Our own homepage, which was uploaded in early 1999, showed no such problems." AOL spokesman Frank Sarfeld said its banking software had been up do date with the year 2000 issue from the very beginning.

German News, rp-online direct, Volume 02 - Edition 189

-- Lee Maloney (, February 13, 2000


(Another article about a Cologne, Germany banking glitch)

Computer error brings billions for on-line banking customer

Date: 03 Jan 2000 13:10

COLOGNE, Germany, Jan 3 (AFP) - The switch-over to 2000 was not completely free from the effects of the millennium bug for at least two banking customers here.

An on-line customer of the local Cologne savings bank could scarely believe his eyes when he logged in on Saturday to examine his bank account: it showed a balance of 3,930,129,930, but the currency was not specified.

Similarly, another customer with the same bank found that nearly 13 million marks (6.65 million euros, dollars) had been erroneously credited to his account.

A spokeswoman for the Cologne savings bank confirmed on Monday that the errors were linked with the transition to the new year. Source: archives, Switzerland

-- Lee Maloney (, February 26, 2000.

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Computer Error Brings Billions for On-line Customer

-- Lee Maloney (, February 26, 2000.

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