LOW-TECH WINDFALL

igh-tech consultants weren't the only ones to benefit from the Y2K bug, it turns out. In at least one major city, practitioners of a decidedly low-tech skill saw their business soar, too, from what turned out to be unwarranted public fears.

Reuters reports that Toronto's chimney sweeps were jumping before the New Year's moment of Y2K truth. Canadians concerned at the prospect that their gas or electrical heat could be turned off scrambled at the last minute to prepare for a more traditional fuel.That included ensuring that their chimneys were clean and safe - which gave sweeps more business than they could handle.

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