It's official, Philly is doomed! : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Philadelphia has just started its AWARENESS phase. Awareness of the whole picture that is.

"It is absolutely mind-boggling how so many of the things we take for granted could be disrupted by the year 2000 problem, if corrective action is not taken now." stated Controller Saidel "For example, we found that the Water Department could face some serious problems with many of its systems used to provide safe drinking water and remove affluents." Full article here

I couldn't open the weblink the article gives to get to the Controller's audit reports. If anyone is successful, I'd appreciate you post the right link.

Scared Witless Chris

-- Chris (, October 20, 1998



The web page for the Controller seems to be at


It looks like the audits are at


The problem you were having may be with the site--I can't consistently copy and paste from their pages, and I've noticed that after I go there, my web browser often starts behaving oddly.

-- BellaVita (, October 21, 1998.

Chris, time to begin preparing are ahead of the learning curve...breathe...Philly is in no worse shape than any other major US have some more learning and some decisions to make...breathe.

-- Donna Barthuley (, October 21, 1998.

What scares me is the possibility that Pat's Steaks might fold. That would signal the end, for me anyway. What the hell are all those Second St. 'die yuppie scums' gonna do with themselves? This is serious!

PS, This is of course a nonsensical rant by a former cheesesteak glutton. Damn, I miss Philly sometimes!(But not in the winter)

-- Uncle Deedah (, October 21, 1998.

Sorry 2nd st. scum,

I meant SOUTH ST.

-- Uncle Deedah (, October 21, 1998.

Bella, I was able to get on libertynet and the controller's website, but there's NOTHING on Y2K in there. I've tried with thier search function, "y2K" "year 2000" ...nada!

Uncle, South Street "scums" are the ones who will fare the best, it's now populated by peace loving, dog collared and pin cushion "straight edge" punk kids. Today's hippy mentality, without the drugs. Some of these kids already live in abandonned houses and used to scavenge and care for one another.

-- Chris (, October 21, 1998.

It's obvious the denizens of South Street won't have their life style changed by y2k, but what about the rest of the world. How will we be affected by the demise of Philadelphia, does it make cheese or something for export? That stuff in (very small) packets wrapped in silver foil?

-- Richard Dale (, October 21, 1998.


Sorry for not being clear, I was not trying to insult the "good" scum. I was refering in a jocular manner to my all time favorite "Bike Week" T-shirt, I was razzing the yuppies, not the unfortunate.

Lack of good cheese-steaks has a detrimental effect on the noggin.

-- Uncle Deedah (, October 21, 1998.

Might as well get used to the lack of good cheesestakes and Philadelphia cream cheese now. I finally got the audit report, I'll post it here, since it's all of a paragraph. (I just recieved a reply to an email I sent yesterday asking where the reports on the status of Y2K was, that I couldn't find it. They replied that it was just posted. Makes me wonder if my email was a nudge to remind them to post it.)

Released - October 20, 1998

(scroll down for previous year's audit)


Much attention has been focused on the potential problems that may exist for computer users when the century closes and computer clocks turn to the Year 2000. Most computer applications that were written some time ago use two digits to designate the month, day, and year as in 12/31/99. This may cause problems when the century closes and "00" will designate 2000. Questions have arisen as to just how computer applications will treat the double-digit reference - as 1900, 2000, etc. This could have wide spread negative impact for any older programs still in use that have not been revised or replaced with new software that has recognized the year 2000 problem and corrected the way in which dates are designated.

The Mayor's Office of Information Services (MOIS) is responsible for maintaining and supporting critical applications for many of the City's operating departments. Realizing the significance of the Year 2000 issue, MOIS some time ago began to replace applications with new software that was ready for the potential problems and to replace computer code in other programs with four-digit date fields.

In 1995, MOIS also established monthly meetings to ensure that the City's information technology infrastructure was Year 2000 compliant. All City departments and agencies were encouraged to attend and cooperate in addressing the issues.

Based on a report from an independent consultant engaged by MOIS, all of the critical applications for which MOIS is directly responsible will be Year 2000 compliant by early 1999. However, compliance by other City departments for applications, where they have direct operational responsibility, is unknown. MOIS has begun an effort to have departments and agencies recognize the significance of the Year 2000 issue; however, its efforts have had questionable success to date. For example, a request directed to all City departments for an inventory of hardware and software has largely been ignored. We recommend that measures be taken by MOIS and the City's Administration to make the various department and agency heads aware of the potential major disruptions to City services that could result if critical systems are not ready for the turn of the century. MOIS should also monitor progress made by departments regarding the assessment, remediation, validation, and implementation of their critical Year 2000 systems. [1704.1], October 21, 1998.

Catsy, The Four Horsemen are grazing in Fairmont park. Are you really surprised?

Uncle Deedah, You obviously get around. Thanks for the reply to the "pussy" troll. Reminds me of riding a motorcycle, 1% cause all the problems for the straight 99%.

I was once asked by a city official at one of thoes rubber chicken dinners what I thought about the city's various "renovation" projects. I told him it was only missing one thing - a small tactical nuke.

-- R. D..Herring (, October 21, 1998.

Its a pity about the cheese, anyway I prefer the real stuff rather than processed. Just have to stick with the French stuff, anyway they make about 900 varieties of proper cheese.

-- Richard Dale (, October 22, 1998.

Speaking of cheese, has anyone got any ideas for the storage of cheese for any length of time? Also, low-tech make cheese recipes? Cheese is almost as much a favorite as books, although with different consumption (Yum! 8-)).

-- Tricia the Canuck (, October 22, 1998.

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