Systems Up and Running Down Under

FRAMINGHAM (01/01/2000) - "I've been here for about 20 minutes, and there are no smoking monitors," said Anthony Viaccaro who manages the help desk for institutional trading at the Commonweal Bank of Australia in Sydney.

"You're the first caller of the New Year," Viaccaro said. "At the moment (12:10 a.m. Sydney time,Jan. 1), we're relaxing and watching the Sydney fireworks on the tele."

Viaccaro's group provides support to currency traders and others who work with foreign banks.

Viaccaro said he had been testing phone systems a few minutes before we called, and everything was working.

Elsewhere in Australia, a source with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) said the Australia's Y2K command center in Canberra, the country's capital, reported that everything seemed to be running normally. They did shut down some of the trains in Sydney for a brief time during the rollover just as aprecaution, he said.

The same RAAF source, who works with computers in the Australian national defense establishment, said that, although he was on call, he hadn't received any messages of concern, and was confident that the move into the new millennium Down Under was going smoothly.

Keynote Systems, Inc., an Internet performance measurement company in San Mateo, Calif. that is monitoring Internet performance worldwide as rollover occurs in various time zones, reported this morning that www.sydney.com.au, a travel guide site for Sydney was responding within an average time of 3.64 seconds just after the millennium change. That is comparable to the site's pre-Y2K performance for early morning, Keynote said.

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