Here we are again at the beginning of a new year when traditionally we wish each other the best for the year.  I am old enough to remember the turn of the century when it seemed the calendar had flipped into science fiction mode.  Having been born in the twentieth century, entering a new century seemed far away.  I recall the panic in the IT world at the approach of 2000.  It seems comical now, but at that time no one knew how computers would behave when the date changed from 1999 to 2000.  Many believed the world’s PCs would crash simultaneously.  In the workplace  on 31 December we were instructed to save all files and complete all PC housekeeping.  IT engineers were on standby.  Employees were told that should the worse scenario take place they may be asked to stay at home on 1 January as no one would be able to carry out their work.  However, as we all know, nothing happened.  Our compute