Y2K Backup System
While we believe we will be fully Y2K compliant by January 1, 2000, and most
of our subsidiary units and contractors claim they will also be fully
compliant, we obviously need to make some preparations in case unexpected
challenges impair our ability to meet the needs of our customers.
Enclosed with this memo is a "Y2K Backup System" device designed to meet
short time emergency needs in case of a computer operations failure, or
operational delay. This device is the company's Primary Emergency Network
Computer Interface Liaison device (P.E.N.C.I.L.). This device has been field
tested extensively, including certification testing, as well as volume and
stress testing. Properly maintained, the device meets all the requirements
for coding and data input. Prior to use, the (P.E.N.C.I.L.) will require
preparation and testing. Tools and supplies required will be: A sharpened
knife or grinding device; and a supply of computer paper (with or without
Gripping the device firmly in your hand, proceed to scrape or grind the
wooded end until it has a cone-like appearance. The dark core area must be
exposed to properly function. (Left-handed employees should read this
sentence backwards, and then go to your supervisor for assistance.)
Place a single sheet of computer paper on a smooth, hard surface. Take the
backup device, place the sharpened point against the paper, and pull it
across the paper. If properly done, this will input a single line.
CAUTION: Excessive force may damage components of the device or damage the
data reception device. If either the P.E.N.C.I.L. or the paper are damaged,
go back to the preparation instructions above.
Proper use of the device will require data simulation input by the operator.
Placing the device against the computer page forming symbols as closely
resembling the computer lettering system you normally use. At the completion
of each of the simulated letters, lift the device off the page, move it
slightly to the right, replace it against the page, and form the next
symbol. This may appear tedious, and somewhat redundant, but, with practice,
you should be able to increase your speed and accuracy. The P.E.N.C.I.L. is
equipped with a manual deletion device. The device is located on the reverse
end of the P.E.N.C.I.L. Error deletions operate similarly to the "backspace"
key on your computer. Simply place the device against the erroneous data,
and pull it backwards over the letters. This should remove the error, and
enable you to resume data entries.
CAUTION: Excessive force may damage the data reception device. Insufficient
force, however, may result in less than acceptable deletion, and may require
re-initialization of action as above. This device is designed with user
maintenance in mind. However, if technical support is required, you can
still call your local computer desk supervisor at