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JUST A FEW REASONS I'VE HEARD WHY THE Y2K COMPUTER PROBLEM WILL NOT BE A BIG DEAL
1. I don't think "they" would let that happen. 2. Bill Gates will fix it. 3. I can't handle the possibilities mentally, therefore it won't happen. 4. Our government would not let it happen. 5. We're a technologically advanced society and this is just another technical problem. 6. I've read some articles that said they had it fixed, or almost did. 7. The stock market is doing too good. 8. Anything we do with computers can be done manually. 9. I remember when we did it without computers, therefore we can do it again at the drop of a hat. 10. It's just a hoax (or conspiracy) made up of programmers wanting to make money (worldwide). 11. All you have to do is upgrade your software and you're up and running. 12. I don't want it to happen. 13. I don't want to think about it, it won't happen. 14. I have only 2 choices (just a blip, end of the world) and I choose "just a blip" as opposed to the other one (there is no middle ground, the media says so) 15. If Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and Peter Jennings aren't worried, neither am I. 16. Computer glitches happen every day, it's no big deal. 17. I read somewhere that it was no big deal. 18. My pastor has said nothing about it. 19. God would not let our current standard of living change. 20. Bill Clinton hasn't addressed the nation about it. 21. I've got a brother-in-law who works for a computer company and he says that it's no big deal.
-- James Chancellor (email@example.com), January 15, 1999
Um... No.'s 5 ,9 (sort of),16, and 21 sound pretty reasonable actually. Without the sarcasm they are very valid "excuses"
-- Mojo (yesca@HT.com), January 15, 1999.
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The above is what I think most of my relatives heard when I *used* to try to talk to them about Y2K. I've quit trying.
I now put the same amount of efforts into trying to have a few beans extra if any of them make it out of the cities.
Long answer for my addition to the list:
The concept is just TOO foriegn to their lives to have any meaning.
- Got fuel?
-- Greybear (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 15, 1999.
'Fraid ya hafta cross #20 off the list -- Clinton did address the nation (or at least the National Science Foundation or AAAS or something like that) last July (or June, whichever it was). We all remember that speech, don't we? It got prime-time TV coverage, remember? (Or was that on NPR at noon?) Remember his wagging his finger at us while he told us that Y2k was the moral equivalent of ... umm ... maybe not ...
-- No Spam Please (email@example.com), January 15, 1999.
Well, to quibble over words, he didn't address the nation. He addressed a small group without inviting the press. The address is public record, but that does not compare with the state of the union address.
-- James Chancellor (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 16, 1999.