99 days to go -- for NYS, Canada, Japan, India

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The calendar count-down on my web site has reminded me that we now have 99 days to go before the 1 Apr 1999 FY rollover for NY State, Japan, Canada, and India. With that in mind, it's interesting to take a look at the status of New York's "top 40" state computer systems, which are listed at

I recall reading somewhere that any new systems to be installed for the beginning of NY State's fiscal year actually have to be available by Feb 28th, since the process of de-installing old systems and installing new systems is a 30 day process. If that's true, then NY State has approx 69 days.

It kinda reminds me of the old college drinking song, "99 bottles of beer on the wall..."


-- Ed Yourdon (ed@yourdon.com), December 22, 1998


...and a little more than a week before Eurochaos. Buckle up.

-- a (a@a.a), December 22, 1998.

Why wait until April 1? Joanne comes calling in ten days. Many feel any effects of breeched inventory boundaries will be kept quiet. There is a list of major corp that turn to thier fiscal year on Feb lst. Look out below.

But then there is all this testing that will be forced and rushed and screwing up everything because most will not be doing parallel testing.

Then there is stock market jitters after Jan. 1st.

Then there will be CEO's and CIO's resigning left and right, cashing in to escape liability and their stock's top dollar.

Then there is April first. April fool's day. The holiest day of the year for atheists. "The fool says in his heart there is no God." But the fools on this day will find themselves in Canada and New York State. From what I have heard, Japan doesn't really turn over to a fiscal year that reaches to 2000 but rather looks back.

Ed, what was your address in Taos?

-- BBrown (peace2u@bellatlantic.net), December 22, 1998.


I don't have to worry! I live in Montgomery County, MD! According to the "Washington Post", Montgomery County just ran a highly successful Y2K test! Everything worked! They tested 4 computer systems. Four whole computer systems! Hey wait, my little office has 4 computer systems...

-- Anonymous (Anonymous@Anonymous.com), December 22, 1998.

(dont know who wrote this)

99 bugs in the code ... 99 bugs in the code... take one out modifiy the code... 100 bugs in the code... 100 bugs in the code... 100 bugs....

-- Whitney (Y2kWhit@aol.com), December 22, 1998.

Ed, you said "which are listed at....." Where?

-- Can't find it (help@me.out), December 22, 1998.


Busy ol' Ed _meant_ to make the link visible like:

>With that in mind, it's interesting to take a look at the status of New York's "top 40" state computer systems, which are listed at http://www.irm.s tate.ny.us/yr2000/top45lst.htm.

-- No Spam Please (anon@ymous.com), December 22, 1998.


\/\/illis in OKC, OK

-- Willis (BANDIT1@ontheroad.com), December 23, 1998.

Hi all: Here's the link that's missing from Ed's post: http://www.irm.s tate.ny.us/yr2000/top45lst.htm

-- Dan (DanTCC@Yahoo.com), December 23, 1998.

Whoa! Here's a humdinger article out today, Monday, December 28, 1998, about the Euro:

New Money For A New Year

This is the most in-depth MSNBC article I've ever seen. The frenetic force-work to get ready for 1/1/1999 reminds me of Ed's new essay. Reading this definitely raises the blood pressure!

Ashton & Leska in Cascadia, very glad they're not in Europe now

xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx

-- Leska (allaha@earthlink.net), December 29, 1998.

darn....a few more failed predictions....

you guys are batting 1000 for sure....

-- where (are@ll.problems?), September 10, 1999.

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