Define GI : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Please do us all a favor and define "GI" or a "get it." Plenty of people "get" the Y2K problem without believing that survival level preparations are necessary. So...for everyone, please define in this thread what it means to "get it."

Thanks for everybody

-- anybody who is a DGI (, February 09, 1999



"Plenty of people "get" the Y2K problem without believing that survival level preparations are necessary."

If you really think that some preparations are not necessary you are a DGI -- or a DWGI.

Stop and thin a minute. How can you really believe that we may have power outages for days or even weeks in winter, may have food shortages because of a whole bunch of factors, may not have fuel, may not have emergency response -- and then say that you don't believe preparations are necessary?

-- i (, February 09, 1999.

If a person truely "gets it" about the web of y2k.....preparation to survive the consequences of multiple,far reaching failures occuring within the same time frame would be necessary. The fact that you had to ask this question means you DON'T get it. This isn't simply about computers alone. It is about the world wide consequences of thier loss and results of having them crippled, to all Governments, businesses,to industries like fossil fuel, transportation, phones, electricity, food production, water treatment, BANKING.....the list is endless and in one way or another these things are all connected or relying on each other. Get it? Which ever ones time or instantly, they will be "sucked" down by those that don't. How do you drive your car without gasoline? How do they build cars without tires? How do they make tires if they can't ship rubber from Malaysia? Get it? Now look around and ask yourself what ISN'T going to be effected? I'd say, if God made can still count on it. Otherwise?

-- clansman (, February 09, 1999.

If you have to ask what a GI is, you're a DGI, sorry. A DGI will know when s/he becomes a GI.

The sensation is very much like a light bulb going off in your head, a 1000 megawatt, with the accompanying burning sensation...The meaning of Y2K bursts to light almost at once; the interconnection, the domino and Joeann effect, the code that is broken and impossibility to fix it all, the magnitude, the social and economic interactions and inactions, etc. etc.

"Plenty of people "get" the Y2K problem without believing that survival level preparations are necessary."

Those don't really "get" anything. You mistake people who are vaguely aware that there is a problem with computer's code that will be fixed by the powers that be, and life will go on as usual, perhaps with some annoyances and headaches for a few weeks, perhaps even months.

-- Chris (, February 09, 1999.

I have to agree, if you GI, a team of horses won't be able to keep you out of the canned food isle.


clansman, please tell me that your nick doesn't mean what I think it does...

-- d (d@usedtobedgi.old), February 09, 1999.

You aren't a Scott are you? But you are pretty darn funny. Unless you're black and then I suppose you might be pretty darn mad, eh?

-- clansman (, February 09, 1999.


-- d (d@usedtobedgi.old), February 09, 1999.

I just don't get it! Why do you people who DGI insist on posting questions that you don't get it and please explain! Tell you what. Wait about 3 to 4 more months and I guarantee you one thing, you will have not only got it, but you will truly have arrived at it! But, tooo bad for you, you are toooooooo late! Now do you get it?

-- GEESH (, February 10, 1999.

please define in this thread what it means to "get it.

Best way to answer that question is to go through the entire archives of this forum. Read all the posts. Follow all the links you find there. You're starting late, but better late than never. When you're finished you won't have to ask what it means to "get it." Even if you think it's all nonsense.

-- Tom Carey (, February 10, 1999.

You people ALL have it completely WRONG.

I am NOT going to let you lead some poor newbie astray.

Here is the TRUE meaning of a GI (as in Get It)

The best way is to let you in on conversations that have occured around the Bear den.

After doing a lot of study and reading the following was heard:

Greybear said "What about bulk wheat. We might need something to eat?" Mama Bear said "go Get It"

Greybear said "What about a sack of beans to add a little variety?" Mama Bear said "go Get It"

Greybear said "What about a grinder to grind up all that wheat?" Mama Bear said "go Get It"

Greybear said "What about a case of Spam" Mama Bear said "go Get It"

Greybear said "What about a kerosene lamp in case the electricity goes out" Mama Bear said "go Get It"

There have been *many* varations on the theme but I think I can say I am truly a Get It by now.


- Got It?

-- Greybear (, February 10, 1999.

By Gary North's definition, which I have inferred from his writings and which I accept, someone is a true "got it" if and only if s/he is making any and all reasonable and unreasonable efforts to relocate immediately if not sooner to a rural location at least 100 miles from any city/town of over 10,000 population.

-- Runway Cat (, February 10, 1999.

OK, here's one definition...

Understanding that not only will 15% of U.S. companies have at least one of their mission-critical computer systems cause them problems, but that those 15% will impact the operation of the 85% who will not have problems with a mission-critical system.


Understanding that mission-critical computer system failures at 50% of German companies and 50% of Japanese companies might just have an effect on the U.S.

Get it?

-- Kevin (, February 10, 1999.

Those who "get it" will respond by preparing for the level of disruptions that the believe is most likely to happen. Nuf said

-- me (, February 10, 1999.

RC, Gary also has a sliding scale test. He says that the extent to which you have gotten it will be reflected by your checkbook. So, if you are not preparing, then by definition you are not a GI by any standard.

-- Brooks (, February 10, 1999.

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