UK: Y2K ISSUE STILL A PROBLEM FOR ELECTRICITY ?
The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) fears that its members in sectors such as steel, chemicals and paper production could suffer considerable expense if power supplies are affected by the Millennium bug. Members will not receive compensation if the problem causes electricity supplies to be lost. If the National Grid fell victim to the bug, it could take 14 hours to get it up and running again and even longer if the weather is bad. With the exception of the voluntary Utilities Forum there is no co-ordination across the utilities as regards the year 2000 issue.
Publication Name: Electrical Review
Subject: Electronics and electrical industries
Oliver Heaviside: Genius and Curmudgeon
Oliver Heaviside, the developer of a formula for loading telephone lines to avoid distortion for transatlantic communications, was an outcast from his fellow engineers and mathematicians. His antiestablishment nature led him to use original mathematical techniques. His work with inductive effects is still important today. Photographs and documents of the time are included.
Publication Name: IEEE Spectrum
Subject: Engineering and manufacturing industries
Bang & Olufsen
Danish consumer electronics firm Bang & Olufsen (B&O) is known for design excellence, but the company's products are very expensive. Critics say that B&O products are not technically superior and, therefore, not worth the extra cost. B&O designs do, however, provide smooth, flawless, user-friendly operation, and they are incomparably pleasing to the eye, ear and touch.
Publication Name: Graphis
Subject: Publishing industry
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