|What is Y2K?||
American Red Cross: What You Should Know
The Internet is loaded with Y2K information and the links provided on this webpage are to what I consider to be some of the better (or at least more interesting) Y2K related websites. Caution: You click these links at your own risk. [disclaimer]
|Current Items of Interest|
|PBS Millennium 2000 In the early morning hours of December 31, 1999, PBS embarked on a 25-hour non-stop salute to the new millennium. With over 55 broadcast partner countries, PBS Millennium 2000 (M2K) brings you live festivities from around the world -- as the hour strikes midnight and the new era begins. PBS Millennium 2000 [31 Dec 1999, top]|
Are Internet Cookies Y2K-Compliant?
The Netscape cookies specification states that the |
Wdy, DD-Mon-YY HH:MM:SS GMTA 2 digit year! In a specification from circa 1994-95!! More seriously, how many web applications will stop working around the year 2000 because of differing interpretations of what YY means? [Posting to comp.risks Usenet newsgroup.] [26 Dec 1999, top]
Government Mission-Critical Systems 99.9% Ready
Here is a quote from a report given by this country's President
Mr. Bill Clinton:
With the end of the year in sight, I am pleased to release OMB's final quarterly report that shows that the Federal government is ready for the year 2000. As of today, 99.9 per cent of the government's mission critical computer systems are Y2K compliant. They have been fixed, tested and certified as ready for operation on January 1, 2000. We have met the challenge of making sure that the federal government can continue to serve the American people as we enter the next century.
Smart report: 99.9% leaves them a big bailout percentage. When it comes to computers, you should purge 100% from you vocabulary.[18 Dec 1999, top]
|Mesa, AZ Worried About 911 Overload The city of Mesa, AZ, is worried that its 911 system could become clogged when we roll into year 2000. "Unless it's an emergency, don't pick up that phone." As a backup, Mesa is going to have walk-in help centers at city high schools and fire stations. The city recommends people do the following: stockpile three to seven days of food and water, put gas in the car, and keep medication on hand. [11 Dec 1999, top]|
Fiesta Bowl Parade Bands Won't Fly on Y2K
Fears of flying during Y2K caused three out-of-state high
school bands to pull out of the Fiesta Bowl Parade. The
schools were from CA, NY, and midwest. Good news: the bands
were replaced by local high school bands from Mesa, Phoenix,
Amazingly, the following quote was made by a Phoenix Sky Harbor International spokesperson: "Wow, they have absolutely no reason to be concerned. We don't expect anything at all."[04 Dec 1999, top]
|Y2K Bill Tops $100 Billion The Commerce Department issued a report saying the Y2K defect has cost the country over $100 billion, making it, the Washington Post reported, "the most expensive peacetime catastrophe in modern history." Average cost per U.S. citizen: $365. News articles from Mercury News and the Washington Post. [26 Nov 1999, top]|
|White House Readies Y2K Center Yahoo! News reports that the White House has a $40 million operations center designed to track how the world fares as it enters year 2000. The center will launch 24-hour operations on 28 Dec 1999 continuing through the first few days of the new year or longer if conditions warrant. [ More...] [Link provided by Marc Garnice, 20 Nov 1999, top]|
Y2K Tests, Upgrades Cause Their Own Chaos
The efforts to prepare for Y2K are creating problems of their
own as organizations rush to complete testing and repairs,
making careless errors in the process. Examples:
Can we expect to see more of these type of events over the next six weeks? Testing procedures are difficult to design and implement correctly. In effect, you must test your test plans.[Wall Street Journal, 13 Nov 1999, top]
Coming This Month... Y2K (the Movie)
On Sunday, 21 Nov, at 9:00 PM ET, NBC
is going to air a movie titled Y2K.
This promises to be an action-packed "Towering Inferno" type of
of movie. Some of the Y2K-related calamities include:
Could this movie end up being a TV equivalent of The War of the Worlds?[06 Nov 1999, top]
|Are Prison Computer Systems Y2K-Compliant? We have mentioned this before, but there is concern among a few people about whether or not our prison computer systems are Y2K-compliant. If they aren't, then prisoners may have easy access to freedom. Another concern is that prison guards will be too afraid to show up for work; therefore, leaving the prisons with limited security. If you insist on more, then read Gun Sales Boom Over Y2K Fears from ZDNet News or better yet visit www.y2kchaos.com. [ZDNet News, 29 Oct 1999, top]|
CIA Says Y2K May Disrupt Global Supply Chains
Many of today's computer manufactures rely on "just-in-time" inventory
management (thanks to the Japanese back in the 80's). This could end
up being a problem given the Y2K defect. A recent
Computer World indicates the following:
"The lack of Y2K preparations at many small to medium-sized businesses located overseas may lead to supply-chain problems for larger enterprises, especially those dependent on "just-in-time" distribution, a Central Intelligence Agency official testified at a recent congressional hearing."[ More...] [Computer World, 21 Oct 1999, top]
|As Harry Caray would shout: HOLY COW! Rome has created a state-of-the-art control room on ensure everything runs smoothly when millions of pilgrims flock to the city for the Roman Catholic Church's Holy Year in 2000. (They are expecting five times the normal number of visitors.) Vatican, police, medical, defense, transport, and telecoms officials will work together in a special structure equipped with closed-circuit television screens and computers linked to the city's telecoms, security, and energy centers. [More...] [Wired News, 15 Oct 1999, top]|
|Maine's Y2K Glitch Cranks Up 'Horseless Carriage' Car Titles The state government got its first Y2K surprise months early when owners of 2000 model cars and trucks received titles identifying their new vehicles as "horseless carriages." [ More...] [Washington Post, 13 Oct 1999, top]|
The Bug Stops Here -- DeJager's Y2K Cartoon Book
Peter DeJager -- whom many consider the
leading authority on the Y2K problem -- has published a book called
Stops Here which is a collection of Y2K related cartoons [this is
not a book recommendation -- just information]. Here is an
example cartoon. DeJager's website
is located at www.year2000.com.
[Side-bar] Here is a Y2K joke supplied by Jason Inman.[08 Oct 1999, top]
Want to Place a Bet on Y2K Events?
Believe it or not, bookmakers are taking bets on
the occurrence of Y2K events. The following table
gives you some of the current odds.
Ed Yourdon's Open Letter to Alan Greenspan
Alan Greenspan (Chairman of the Federal Reserve) -- whose words can
cause stock markets to react violently -- recently spoke about the
upcoming Century Date Change (i.e. Y2K problem). Luckily for us,
Ed Yourdon has AGAIN spoken up on our behalf and has sent an open letter
to Greenspan. Here is a snippet from Yourdon's letter:
Greenspan: There is nothing exactly like the Century Date Change in our historical annals from which we can infer its potential consequences.
Please take time to read Ed Yourdon's Open Letter to Alan Greenspan.[24 Sep 1999, top]
Information Warfare: Outsourcing Y2K Programming to Foreigners
SANS Institute Resources has posted
an article to their website that discusses the risks associated
with having foreigners working on the Y2K problem. Allowing
outsiders access to the code provides them an opportunity to
plant "time bombs" in the programs that can go off at any time.
[Information Warfare]. I suggest you read the article
Assessing Risks Levels in Foreign Outsourcing
[17 Sep 1999, top]
U.S. Prepares for Y2K Violence
On 31 Aug 1999 MSNBC reported the following:
The U.S. government is preparing for possible violence from cults, guerrillas, hate groups, and end-of-world-fearing zealots as year 2000 approaches. Law enforcement officials are working on contingency plans to cope with everything from cyber attacks to bombs at New Year's Eve parties, though they say they lack knowledge of specific, credible threats. [Go to MSNBC article: U.S. Prepares for Y2K Violence.][10 Sep 1999, top]
Y2K is Really "Yes To Kia"
This week is simply a comment from Thurman (I call these
Not YACC, but YAY2KW (Yet Another Y2K Website)
Y2K Cities At Risk From the the Year
2000 Crisis contains the following blurb on its homepage:
How many days could New York City survive without water and sewer services? How long would it take to evacuate eight million people in the dead of winter? Would thousands die in the process? Tens of thousands? More? When would the rioting and looting begin? How many National Guard troops would it take to control the largest city in the nation? What unthinkable devastation would be wrought on the global financial system? How might our enemies seize on the ensuing panic and confusion?My response: Yuck! Definitely something I would rather not think about. Remember Ed Yourdon who moved his family from NYC to Taos, NM? Remember the sewage spill in Van Nuys, CA that was caused due to Y2K testing? [27 Aug 1999, top]
Why is There a Y2K Digest?
The Y2K Digest is a collection of
links and news items related to the Year 2000 Problem.
The digest is updated every weekend. This document should be used
as a reference; it is nothing more than that. The following blurb
summarizes my motivation for providing the
Nobody - and I do mean nobody - knows definitively what the ramifications of Y2K will be. The Y2K Digest provides information so that each us, individually, can decide what we need to do in anticipation of Y2K. The goal of this digest is to get readers to become Y2K-aware and to take the time to formulate an action plan, if any. Y2K may end up being a major problem, or it may end up being a non-event. Become Y2K literate and decide what steps, if any, you need to take.[20 Aug 1999, top]
01 July 1999 -- A Problem Date That Hasn't Been a Problem
Forty-six states, several local governments, and numerous companies
switched over to fiscal year 2000 on 01 July 1999, and so far I have
not received any reports of any computer glitches. Does this mean
Y2K will not be problem? I doubt it, but it may imply that Y2K will
not cause the world to stop spinning. It must be noted that there
could still be problems related to this transition, but they just
haven't manifested themselves yet. |
There is another interesting computer date on the horizon: 09 Sep 1999. When stored using four digits this date is 9999. In some older programs and computers, 9999 is a "sentinel value" that is used to cause special behavior (e.g. shutdown a program or computer, stop reading a file, indicate the end of input, represent an un-initialized field, and so forth). [13 Aug 1999, top]
President's Council on Y2K Conversion Releases 3rd Quarter Report
In a nutshell: Electric Power, Telecommunications, Financial
Institutions, and Air Travel are in good shape, but concerns about
local Y2K efforts persist (i.e. Local Governments, Health Care,
Education, and Small Businesses). Press release dated 05 Aug 1999:
Y2K Council Issues Third Quarterly Report on Nation's Readiness
for the Year 2000 Date Change.
[06 Aug 1999, top]
Gilligan and Y2K?
If you know the tune to the "Gilligan's Island" theme song, then here
are some interesting
Y2K lyrics for you to sing.
[31 Jul 1999, top]
Office Depo to Warn Customers About Potential Y2K Problems
On 24 June 1999, the Associated Press reported that
Office Depot will post signs in its
computer aisles, customer services desks, and cash registers to
warn consumers that its computers may not be Y2K compliant.
Although consumers often believe that the Y2K bug will only
affect older products and large corporate networks, Office
Depot will warn them that their hardware or software may be
susceptible to Y2K, no matter how new it is. This decision is
the result of a lawsuit filed against Office Depot, Circuit City,
Fry's Electronics, the Good Guys, CompUSA, Staples, and OfficeMax
by California swim coach Tom Johnson. Johnson, frustrated that
store clerks could not provide Y2K information about their products,
contended that the stores had violated California's Unfair Competition
Law. The lawsuit is the first to target retailers.
[Associated Press, 26 Jul 1999, top]
Beware the Millennuium Bug Repair
The following was reported during the 16 July 1999 edition of
NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.
To me, it reads like science fiction.
Many companies have hired outside consultants/contractors to work on their Y2K problems. Many of these outsiders have unlimited access to Corporate computers allowing them to become "intimate" with the systems. Consequently, these outsiders are able to plant hooks into these computers instructing them to steal. Remember: computers do exactly what they are told. Many of these hooks will use the Y2K event to do their thing, but other hooks can be planted that won't execute until some future date and time, or they will run randomly redirecting small amounts each time.Bottom line: American business could lose up to $1 billion due to computer fraud. Beware the Millennuium Bug Repair from NBC Nightly News. [NBC Nightly News, 10 Jul 1999, top]
Begin Your Y2K Food Preparations Now
The 07 July 1999 "Food Section" of the ||
Deal Reached on Bill to Limit Y2K Liability
The White House and Congress reached a compromise on legislation that
would limit lawsuits arising from Y2K-related problems. Advocates of
the legislation argued that high-tech companies could face financial
devastation without legal limitations. Yet opponents felt that the
bill's restrictions would limit consumer rights to recover their losses,
and could potentially prevent general product liability cases, further
violating consumer rights. According to congressional aides, the
compromise bill would develop a "proportionate liability" formula to
determine blame, so that companies would only be held responsible for
their share of the damage. The formula would consolidate individual
complaints even if one of the defendants went bankrupt.
Article from Wired News]
[EDUCASE, Washington Post, 05 Jul 1999, top]
Cisco, Dell, Motorola, Solectron, Sun form the High Tech
Consortium (HTC) an organization created to reduce the impact
of Y2K issues in the high-tech industry. The consortium wants to
share Y2K information and resources and hopefully reduce the impact
of the bug on the high-tech industry. HTC will track the Y2K compliance
of major suppliers and service providers. Because the industry consists
of a tangled network of suppliers and distributors, it is nearly impossible
for individual companies to assess the Y2K readiness of their entire
production lines. HTC will allow companies to compile their information,
simplifying the assessment process and provide this information to
interested entities. [
Article from Yahoo! Business]
[26 Jun 1999, top]
Y2K Test Causes Huge Sewage Spill
of 4 million gallons into a Van Nuys, CA park. This is definitely a
Article from CBS 2 News]
[17 Jun 1999, top]
Yourdon's Farewell to Y2K
Ed Yourdon is saying goodbye to Y2K. He says:
Y2K has been part of my life since early 1995 and has occupied
nearly every waking moment since the summer of 1997 -- and while
it will continue to have a significant impact on my personal and
family life, I no longer plan to play a public role."
You will have to
read his article to learn more. |
[Side-bar] Yourdon's timing is interesting because I am considering discontinuing the Y2K Digest. The purpose of the digest is to provide information about Y2K so that we can decide for ourselves how to prepare for Y2K. The webpage contains lots of information; I don't think adding more is of much value. To date, I've posted entries to the digest on a weekly basis; however, from now on these posting will be less frequent and more random. [05 Jun 1999, top]
Ed Yourdon's May 25,1999 Testimony Before the Senate
pleads the government to help ensure that us Americans get the information
we need in order to decide for ourselves what we need to do to prepare
for Y2K. For some us, we won't need to anything, but others of us will
have to do lots to get ready. The only way we can make an informed decision
is if we are presented with timely, factual information. I recommend you
Yourdon's Testimony and be sure you get the information you
need to make your Y2K-related decisions.
[29 May 1999, top]
What's More Important? Limiting Y2K Lawsuits or Gun Control
This AM (20-May-99) there was news about another high school
shooting (this one was in Atlanta, 6 injured, but nobody killed).
Congress is busy trying to pass legislation that will limit Y2K
related lawsuits, but they are going to table this busy work to
concentrate on some gun control laws. This makes a lot of sense
to me. Screw Y2K -- let's do something about the availability
of killer weapons. Wired News article.
[20 May 1999, top]
It's Hard to Believe Some of the Things People Say About Y2K
www.duh-2000.com is a website
devoted to collecting the stupidest things said about the Year 2000
problem. It is amazing some of things people say.
[08 May 1999, top]
New Y2K Book That May be Worth Reading |
Here is an email I received about Michael Hyatt's new book:
My first book,[30 Apr 1999, top]
Professor Wants Y2K Jokes Banned On the Net
Insisting that ||
"Y2K Culture" is My New Favorite Y2K Website
Declan McCullah's Y2K Culture is
becoming my favorite Y2K related website. It is located at
I lifted the following information about Declan McCullagh from
Declan McCullagh is the chief Washington correspondent for Wired News and lives and works in Washington DC. McCullagh previously was a reporter for Time Digital Daily and Time Magazine, and continues to contribute to Time Magazine on a freelance basis. He also writes a technology column for UPI. An award-winning journalist, his articles have appeared in publications from Playboy magazine to the Los Angeles Times. McCullagh moderates politech, a discussion list looking broadly at politics and technology, and the the Association for Computing Machinery's Y2KRISKS forum. A former programmer and the first online reporter to join the National Press Club, McCullagh has co-hosted a weekly cybercast TV show at thesync.net. He has written the Y2K entry for Microsoft's Encarta encyclopedia, a Time magazine cover story on satellite telephones, and has contributed to Time cover stories on topics such as Y2K and privacy. He has covered presidential trips. A frequent commentator on technology and politics, McCullagh has recently appeared on CNN, CNN-fn, Court TV, ABC News' Good Morning America, CNBC, CBC, CSPAN, Reuters TV, and Fox News.I subscribe to the "politech" discussion list and can strongly recommend that you do the same. It is great! This guy is prolific at dealing out interesting tidbits about a variety of interesting topics. [16 Apr 1999, top]
New Installs Postponed for Y2K
Y2K is causing two out of ten large companies to halt installations of
new systems beginning in June, while many other companies plan to
partially freeze IT spending. These freezes are affecting new purchases
of software and hardware, deployment of new equipment, and business
for outside consultants. A Computerworld poll shows that 20 percent of
companies surveyed expect to freeze all hardware, software, and
services purchases during the second half of 1999. Of the 241
executives surveyed, 40 percent expected to reduce overall IT
spending. Worldwide, 5 percent of companies plan a total systems
freeze, according to the Gartner Group. Fifty to 60 percent of
all companies worldwide plan to halt upgrades and enhancements to
"a small subset of their [core] systems," says Gartner Group year
2000 research director Lou Marcoccio.
[Computerworld, 09 Apr 1999, top]
Need a Place to Buy, Sell, or Trade Y2K Preparedness Merchandise?
Search no more!
the place to visit for applicances, food and storage, electricity
generators, financial alternatives, home defense, gardening supplies,
water supplies, livestock, real estate, portable shelters, radio
equipment, and medical supplies. This website even has
Y2K Personals for people seeking a Y2K-compliant mate.
[AZ Republic, 04 Apr 1999, top]
Government's Medicare and Welfare Systems Need Work
The central government computer that controls ||
Sanyo's Bread Cutting-Board: Is it or isn't it Y2K-compliant?
What does this mean? Sanyo no longer claims to have a
Y2K-compliant cutting-board. I guess they couldn't take all the
publicity they were receiving. Their claim of having a Y2K-compliant
piece of plastic warranted responses from the Wall Street Journal,
The Times of London, San Francisco Chronicle, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
and Jay Leno.
www.y2kculture.com, 23 Mar 1999, top]
Y2K Prognosticators Cheering Up
A growing number of Y2K experts are now predicting things won't be
so bad after all come 01-01-00.
Edward Yardeni, chief economist for Deutsche Bank Securities, has
revised his estimate for the chance of a long global recession triggered
by the glitch, from a 70% chance to 45%. "I've toned down the message partly
because progress has been made. I would be happy to back
off entirely." And some of the problems previously cited as
particularly vexing -- for instance, embedded microprocessors in power
plants and hospitals that would be difficult to repair -- seem to have been
[LA Times/EduPage, 15 Mar 1999, top]
Prepare for Y2K the Way You'd Prepare for a Hurricane
Senator Chris Dodd's
advice for getting ready for Y2K is:
"What you ought to
do is prepare for a good storm, a hurricane, a storm where you'd like two
or three days of water and canned goods and the like,"
but you shouldn't withdraw your money from banks. A study conducted
by Dodd and Senator Robert Bennett has concluded that there will be no
major problems with regard to the airways, nuclear weapons, or the
nation's power grids. [Sidebar: Chris Dodd is vice-chairman of
Special Committee on Y2K Technology Problem.]
[AP, 06-Mar-99, top]||
A new Y2K image!
I've added a new Y2K image to this page. The image comes from Netscape
and they recommend that any website that is Y2K aware should display it.
(Are we Y2K aware?) Netscape claims that this request came from the
Federal Government. I'll use it for a while, but it does cause the
page to take longer to download, which in turn does not
make me happy, happy.
In the market for a toaster?
If you are in the market for a new toaster, then it is comforting to
know that Sanyo has a
Y2K-compliant toaster (along with a wide array of Y2K-compliant
appliances). If you have power on 01-01-2000, then you'll have toast
according to your specification. [Update] Yikes... a
[Internet Tourbus, 19-Feb-99, top]
McNealy's Y2K Comments Spooks Yardeni
Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems, was recently quoted saying that
his company may not be able to produce computers in the year 2000 because
their Asian component suppliers are one to three years behind in fixing
there Y2K problem. McNealy's comments make
nervous. Here is an article from Wired News.
Peter de Jager, Y2K, and the Real Threat to Liberty
Peter de Jager is an authority (guru) on the Y2K problem.
He currently thinks that the computer industry has done a good
job at fixing the Y2K problem and he does not see any major
clamaties happening. What does worry de Jager is the large
number of nut cases out there who are predicting serious
world-wide problems. He feels that the Y2K problem is not
about computers, but instead is about self fullfilling prophicies.
Keep predicting the sky is falling and eventually
you will be right . Here is an
interview with Peter de Jager conducted on 29-Jan-99.
[LINKROT] The interview link is currently broken.
I've contacted the website to see if the article is still online.
In the mean time, you can visit de Jager's website located at
[Sidebar] Many airlines, car rental agencies, and other travel businesses have started taking computerized reservations for travel on the first day of the year 2000, and so far there are no signs of the Y2K bug. Good news has been reported by Delta, United, and other airlines. [06-Feb-99, top]
Microsoft Mail Users Surprised That a Y2K Fix is Needed.
Microsoft recently posted documents outlining the need for Microsoft
Mail users to download and install service packages to keep the latest
releases of that widely used messaging system free of bugs into the
Full story from InfoWorld.
Did You Know There Was a Y0K Problem? Well, there was when
the world transitioned from BC to AD.
Here are the details.
[Thanks to Jason Inman for this bit of humor.
The Power Grid: Okay or not Okay?
A major concern of many Y2K followers is how the country's power grid
will hold up. Here is some recently published
good news (ComputerWorld) and
bad news (WorldNetDaily). |
The bad news, as reported by WorldNetDaily on 11-Jan-99, is that "the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Guard and other federal agencies engaged in Y2K planning are now expecting loss of electrical power and other related problems before the year 2000. Nuclear power plants will begin to shut down in July, according to government sources."[19-Jan-99, top]
China: Go Fly with 'Millennium Bomb' China has given its
airline bosses the ultimate incentive to solve the Y2K problem
by ordering them to take a flight on New Year's Day 2000. All
heads of airlines have got to be in the air on 01-Jan-2000 because
China wants to make sure there are no problems in aviation.
[Side bar: China has a serious Y2K problem because they use so
much pirated software (some estimate more than 90% of all software
used in China has been stolen).]
[Financial Times, 15-Jan-99, top]||
The President's Council on Year 2000
[www.y2k.gov] has announced the creation of a toll-free phone line
where consumers can hear recorded messages seven days a week, 24 hours
a day on how personal computers, small business, telephones and other
products or services will be affected by the approaching year 2000.
The toll-free line (1-888-4-Y2K) will be supported by the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Information
Center of the General Services Administration.
[AP/AZ Republic, 08-Jan-99, top]||
Millennium 'Y2Kaos': Fear of Computer Bug Fueling Far Right is
an article from the SPLC. The
Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit organization that combats
hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation.
This is a scarey article (it comes from the SPLC's "klanwatch" page).
Microsoft Sued Over Y2K Bug in Database Tools
Software developer Ruth H. Kaczmarek has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District
Court against Microsoft, alleging that the company's FoxPro and Visual
FoxPro database development tools were unable to process dates properly
beyond Dec. 31, 1999. The suit is believed to be one of the first against
Microsoft alleging Y2K defects in its software. (Bloomberg News/Seattle
Post-Intelligencer 11 Dec 98)
American Red Cross has a Y2K webpage. They
give a "What you can do to be prepared" Y2K checklist. Some
of the items listed: stock disaster supplies to last several
days to a week (food, water, prescription drugs, etc.); fill
your automobile gas tank a day or so before 12/31/99; have
extra blankets, coats, hats, etc.; have plenty of flashlights
and batteries... you get the idea.
Y2K Info is a recently found
website that offers some excellent information on Y2K. It is
maintained by Datamation.
USA Today Tech Report on 27-Nov-1998
reported that "the Pentagon office responsible for
safety and security of U.S. nuclear stockpiles and emergency response
in a nuclear incident acknowledges falsifying readiness reports on the
looming Year 2000 computer problem."
Federal agencies have turned in their most recent quarterly Y2K
progress reports. Here is an
article summarizing the report from the 24-Nov-98 issue of the
The Y2K problem is not isolated to the good old U. S. of A. Here a
couple of articles from the U. K.:
United Utilities in 2000 Bug Chaos Alert from
|Year 2000 Problem and the Communications Industry is a speech given by Michael Powell, Commissioner Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to the Year 2000 Contingency Planning for Government Conference held on 16-Nov-98. [top]|
|Federal regulators say banks can't make their Year 2000 readiness ratings public. Banks and others say that secrecy is fanning consumer fears. Checkout the story @ Wired News. [top]|
Year 2000 Recession? is a book by Dr. Edward Yardeni (one of the world's leading economists) who predicts that the Y2K problem could cause a major recession.
The Personal Consequences of Year 2000 -- Edward Yourdon, Jun-97 -- is an interesting article everyone should read that discusses Y2K related issues. [Yourdon has moved his family from NYC to Taos, NM -- read why.]
Watch Out, Welfare -- Newsweek, 16-Nov-98 -- the welfare system isn't Y2K-compliant soon, the nation's needy could get a rude surprise from the government: sorry, no money.
Y2K Could Affect Your Building -- CPSR, 19-Nov-97 -- all electronic devices must be checked to see if they use or are affected by chips or by another system that uses a date function. Non-Y2K-compliant devices could result in systems shutting down or malfunctioning (disarmed alarms, false alarms, doors locked/unlocked, heat off, lights out, elevators gone bonkers, and so on).
Prisoners Await Y2K Day -- Wired News, 15-Oct-98 -- indicates that prison computer systems can have problems that could allow prisoners to escape, or be let of prison before their time is up.
Y2Kaboom? -- Wired News, 12-Nov-98 -- America and Russia should shut down their nuclear arsenals rather than risk Armageddon because of K2K glitches, a military research group says in a recently released report.
Y2K SOS on 911 -- Wired News, 16-Nov-98 -- indicates that emergency communications networks, such as 911, could fail to operate come Year 2000.
Christian broadcast minister Jerry Falwell, who believes the end is near, sees more than a technological glitch in the year 2000 computer problem. According to his latest videotape, Y2K could well be a sign from God.
"Y2K may be God's instrument to shake this nation, to humble this nation," the Lynchburg, Va.-based preacher proclaims. Predicting "a possibility of catastrophe," he suggests that Y2K could "start a revival that spreads [over] the face of the Earth before the Rapture of the Church." [24-Nov-98]
In an op-ed piece, Edward Yardeni, chief economist and managing director of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell says that problems arising from the Y2K computer glitch could cause a major recession, as businesses fail and government agencies become incapable of delivering basic services, including tax collection, welfare payments, national defense and air traffic control: "The likely recession could be at least as bad as the one during 1973-74, which was caused mostly by a disruption in the supply of oil. Information, stored and manipulated by computers, is as vital as oil for running modern economies. If information is harder to obtain, markets will allocate and use resources inefficiently. Market participants will be forced to spend more time and money obtaining information that was previously available at little or no cost... Furthermore, a 2000 recession is bound to be deflationary. The U.S. may experience a $1 trillion drop in nominal GDP and a $1 trillion loss in stock market capitalization." See Yardeni's book: Year 2000 Recession? for specifics. [Wall Street Journal, 04-May-98]
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