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Unfortunately, little seems to have changed, perhaps because Y2K remediation was so successful and because it is only after a catastrophe has occurred that major reorganisations are brought about in the way an industry operates.

1. Almost all software-based systems are still designed and developed with cost and time-to-market taking priority over modularity, robustness, security, ease of modification and other software engineering principles. Testing is still the primary way in which programmers assure that software is fit for purpose, despite decades of evidence that testing can never find most errors.
2. Single points of failure are still introduced without considering the possible consequences. One current and critical example is the extraordinarily widespread dependence on the GPS signal for positioning, navigation and timing. Other examples are the almost universal reliance on encryption systems that could be destroyed by advances in quantum computing, and the growing dependence of multiple systems on identical software components or on identical sources of open data.
3. In the interests of efficiency, supply chains have become far more tightly coupled and redundancy has been removed with little thought about the impact on resilience, making cascade failures more likely.
4. There is an increased unwillingness to use regulation to encourage private companies to write better software.

The current cybersecurity crisis is one consequence of this failure to learn from Y2K but as there is no deadline to compel urgent action the risks to society from badly designed and insecure software are certain to continue to increase.
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Trinity Rescue Kit | CPR for your computer
Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues. Since version 3.4 it has an easy to use scrollable text menu that allows anyone who masters a keyboard and some English to perform maintenance and repair on a computer, ranging from password resetting over disk cleanup to virus scanning
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