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Y2K bug hits heating system in Korean apartments

January 3, 2000
Web posted at: 10:34 a.m. EST (1534 GMT)

by Martyn Williams


(IDG) -- South Korea, like most countries, managed to sail into the new year relatively free of problems caused by Year 2000-related computer glitches, but one problem hit the heating system of an apartment complex and forced residents to shiver their way into 2000.

The problem hit thermostats used to control a common heating system in an apartment complex in Pyongchon, Kyonggi province, according to Korean media reports monitored in Tokyo.

The thermostats failed at midnight and were offline until 7 p.m. on Saturday evening when engineers switched the system to manual control, said the reports.
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Elsewhere in the nation, local media said two hospitals in Kyonggi province reported failures of a computer-controlled bone marrow measurer and patient registration system. The latter failure caused a newborn baby to be registered with a 1900 birth date.

In a report to the International Y2K Cooperation Center in Washington, the Korean Government reported no major Year 2000-related outages in the first two days of the year.

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