Y2K news articles and items for newcomers

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Here are some items and news articles to read if you're a newcomer to Y2K issues, or if you know someone else who is.

The city of Chicago and Y2K

American Red Cross Y2K page

Canadian military response to Y2K

How one region of the U.S. will deal with Y2K

National Guard gears up to respond to Y2K

Transcript of a Y2K speech by Senator Bob Bennett of Utah

U.S. government missed its Sept. 30, 1998 compliance deadline

Projected compliance of government agencies by March 31, 1999

Big Three automakers to finish Y2K work by end of 1998

Example of how the supply chain and distribution system work

When will Fortune 500 companies be Y2K compliant?

Early dated-related failures from January 1999

Projected Y2K compliance rates of foreign countries

State Department warning to U.S. travelers overseas

Russia needs $3 billion to fix Y2K

A non-technical reason why you should take Y2K seriously

Banks and Y2K deadlines

Hasn't the news been good recently about Y2K?

Wouldn't the government tell us if the news about Y2K was bad?

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), February 13, 1999


I keep seeing references to "c.s.y2k" what is that and what's the URL?

-- d (d@d.d), February 13, 1999.


Da*n, you are as handy as pockets on a shirt.

Thanks for all the links. It will be a big help to the Newbies.

That is a lot of good information in one tight little post.


-- sweetolebob (buffgun@hotmail.com), February 13, 1999.


Comp.software.year-2000 (c.s.y2k) is another newsgroup with a Y2K discussion forum. You can get to them with this link:

http://www.dejanews.com/dnquery.xp?search=word&svcclass=dncurrent&show sort=date&ST=QS&query=~g%20comp.software.year-2000

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), February 13, 1999.

Kev: Thanks

-- d (d@d.d), February 13, 1999.

Also, here are two Web sites for finding current news about Y2K...

"Sanger's Review of Y2K News Reports":


"Gary North's Y2K Links and Forums - Newest Links":


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), February 13, 1999.

A free *video* by Senator Bob Bennett explaining the ramifications of Y2K can be seen at this link:


Bennett is chairman of the Senate Special Committee on the Year 2000.

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), February 13, 1999.

Here are three sources of information on basic personal preparedness:

FEMA guide to emergency food and water

Roleigh Martin's Y2K handout for neighbors

With commonsense planning, you can survive hard times

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), February 13, 1999.

Thanks Kevin,

We should bottle you as a spritely Y2K info elixer.


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), February 13, 1999.

Kevin, this is wonderful!

Someone told me once upon a time that a successful person was one with the ability to locate and use resources.

Thanks for sharing your ability.

Thanks also to every other successful person at Yourdon's that I'm not naming here. You know who you are.

-- Donna Barthuley (moment@pacbell.net), February 13, 1999.

Jim Lord "Tip of the Week"

"Reasonable and Prudent Preparations"



-- sweetolebob (buffgun@hotmail.com), February 13, 1999.

Let's make that last one a hot link...


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), February 15, 1999.

Here's another Web site with great personal preparedness info:


"How-To Survival Library"

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), February 15, 1999.

Kevin, you are a treasure!

-- Gayla Dunbar (privacy@please.com), February 15, 1999.

One more article to add this thread:


Y2K may spark unrest, economic pain -US Senate WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The year 2000 computer bug may set off civil unrest in poor countries, undermine economic growth in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and disrupt global trade in oil and other commodities, a Senate panel said Tuesday.

While there was a low probability of an accidental nuclear weapons launch, the committee said missile systems and other high-tech weapons in other countries could malfunction. The Senate was also warned that terrorists might strike against U.S. targets next Jan. 1 to take advantage of weakened security.

``I have a nightmare of CNN cameras in villages or cities where there is no power, no telecommunications, the banking system is broken down, widespread rioting,'' said Utah Republican Sen. Robert Bennett, chairman of the Senate's Special Committee on the computer problem.


For the United States, Y2K disruptions should be manageable, the Senate panel concluded.

``The committee has no data to suggest that the United States will experience nationwide social or economic collapse, but the committee believes that some disruptions will occur, and that in some cases Y2K disruptions may be significant.''

Bennett said the U.S. military might experience some minor computer glitches, ``but its mission-critical, war-fighting capability will not be compromised.'' U.S. intelligence services would also be ready in time.

The U.S. health care industry may be the least prepared, according to the panel, which said the nation's Medicare system was in ``serious trouble''.

The committee complained that U.S. airports started preparations too late, and warned that shipments of goods by sea could be disrupted because the maritime industry was running behind. But it said a prolonged nationwide blackout was unlikely, although local and regional outages were possible.

In case vital services were temporarily cut off, the committee said Americans should stock up on bottled water, canned goods and other essentials, as they might to prepare for a winter storm lasting two to three days. People should also keep copies of their financial records in case banks run into unforeseen problems.

The committee said the most serious computer problems were likely to strike other countries next Jan. 1, because many of them started preparing too late or not at all.

The report singled out Japan, Mexico, China, Germany and Taiwan for falling nine months to two years behind schedule in preparing for the year 2000 bug. The committee also said that major oil producers Venezuela and Saudi Arabia were 12 to 18 months behind schedule.

``Disruption of flights and global trade between some areas and countries may occur,'' the committee said.

In a closed-door briefing for senators, Bennett outlined the Y2K threat to national security.

``There is a low to medium probability of terrorist exploitation of Y2K. However, we must remain vigilant in case some of our security systems malfunction,'' Bennett said afterwords.

But he added: ``There is a medium probability of economic disruptions that will lead to civil unrest in certain sectors of the world, particularly where their economies are already fragile or there is political uncertainty.''

He told senators there was a ``high probability'' that widespread computer glitches would compound economic problems in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

``In some countries it will be more serious than others,'' Bennett said. ``The unknowable question is what will be the impact on the United States.''

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 03, 1999.

To the top.

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 03, 1999.

"The difficult problem with [Y2K] is that it IS a moving target. Ive had the experience of having my old speeches quoted back to me, and saying, "How can you say this is where we are, when six months ago you said. . ." And I said, "Because six months ago that was true, and what Im saying now is true."

Unfortunately, many people get disappointed when you tell them things are going well. They kind of want this to be the end of the world as we know it. And when you say, "Hey, as a result of what weve been pushing for and doing, weve made some progress," they dont want to hear that. - Senator Bennett, May 25th, 1999"

-- neviK (tenttatendlrow@cisum.sexim), July 12, 1999.

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