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ThurmSpeaks::Y2K Problem Was Nothing Compared To Y2.001K Problem

The Y2K problem, thanks to an outstanding effort by the computing profession, ended up being minor in scope. But, with 18 months left in the first decade of the 21st century, the Y2.001K problem remains major in scope.

People who hang out in the computing world get use to counting starting with zero; in other words, the first decade of the 21st century is decade zero. Sadly, it has been a zero decade and we remain stuck in the 20th century.

The computing profession started working on the Y2K problem during the early part of the 1990s. Upon reflection, our political leaders should have been busy at work preparing society for the 21st century, but instead they were asleep at the wheel and from what I can tell they remain in slumber mode.

A few years ago I was optimistic that decade one of the 21st century would be vastly better than decade zero, but with each passing day my optimism wanes. Right now, if we're lucky, it might take at least 1.5 decades (02016?) for us to recover from this nasty Y2.001K problem.


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 06 July 2009
Last Modified: Saturday, 05-Jan-2013 11:15:48 MST