In the space of a a few months, the term "Y2K" has gone from being an obscure acronym for the year-2000 computer problem to a catch phrase blithely tossed about by every low-tech poseur east of Silicon Valley.

The issue, which first emerged only in the most arcane technical newsletters, is now earning feature articles and even cover stories in mainstream publications like BusinessWeek and Money.

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