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The current issue of Wired Magazine has a totally black cover that says "Lights Out! Learning To Love Y2K". Inside are several long articles on life without electricity plus a real example of a typical y2k glitch at a Texaco oil refinery, one that occurred during testing in the presence of the reporter. Definitely worth reading.

-- cody varian (, March 12, 1999


This issue of WIRED magazine is a very good read. The article describing life at the shelters up in Canada during the ice storm is well worth reading. I am totally convinced that shelter life will be deadly for many people. The potential for disease (influenza) is something to avoid. You will not find me in one of those death traps next year. BTW the front cover of the magazine has already raised some eyebrows at my office. I have it prominently displayed on my desk.

-- reader (, March 12, 1999.

This was mentioned on an earlier thread: msg.tcl?msg_id=000Zkh

-- Tim (, March 12, 1999.

Where are you seeing this issue? It's not on the web-site and I couldn't find it on the newstand. The current issue has a story about on the cover.

Current issue of Wired

-- Buddy (, March 12, 1999.

It's the April issue, just out.

-- cody (, March 12, 1999.

The article regarding the great Canadian ice storm mentioned that generators saved many lives. Generators were trucked in from all over and used where necessary.

-- dinosaur (, March 14, 1999.

WIRED emphasized the last portion of this quote from Jay Abshier, in "This Is Not A Test" on page 131:

"I have a couple emails asking me, 'Is this the end of time?' Well, if you subscribe to the Christian belief that there is an end of time, it also says that no one knows when it's going to happen. So I say no, Y2K can't be the end of time -- it's too obvious."

-- dinosaur (, March 14, 1999.

The story about the Aukland city-state- business owners - power company relationships and "fighting" after the failure was alarming.

The recovery discription was interesting - power coming up, down, flickering, surging, and brown-ing out over several days. And they only lost the four distribution wires, not the controllers and "grid" network that actually regulates power.

Lots and lots of small generators plugged in down there too - and a couple that burned up too. Get a fire extinguisher everyone - you are vunerable to fire if your neighbor or next-door business owner gets one.

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (, March 15, 1999.

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