An executive's microphone goes awry just as General Motors Corp. begins a press briefing outlining its $600 million expenditure on worldwide Y2K readiness. “Technical difficulties,” mutters Don Costantino, GM Y2K program director. While the moment of irony was not expected, neither are major disruptions involving the world's largest company from Dec. 31-Jan. 1, a period known as “the transition” within the computer industry. GM's Year 2000 begins earlier than most U.S.-based companies. ...

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