Outbreak: How a Y2K Plague Could Bring Us Down

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Shades of locusts!

Story at:


Just passin' it on. . .


-- FM (vidprof@aol.com), April 28, 1999


FHow about a hot link? Thanks

-- Daryll (twinck@wfeca.net), April 28, 1999.


-- Mike Lang (
webflier@erols.com), April 28, 1999.

Interesting, also expected and sad, is the responses:

"Y2K is a hoax"

"You're a #@#$%^%#$ doomsayer"

and the like.

The denial gets more and more breath taking.

-- Jon Johnson (narnia4@usa.net), April 28, 1999.

Interesting that the ZDnet site, normally a pollanna rag, is now publishing such realistic scenarios.

-- a (a@a.a), April 28, 1999.

Jesse Berst must not have checked in with Mitch Radcliffe.

For your reading pleasure, here are the data on the 20 respondents. Includes "header" and respondent's name, along with their Occupation and Location.


Yeah, right- Charles Fithian Occupation: ARCHITECT/SYSTEM ADMIN Location: SEWELL, NJ

I'm worried about my savings- Bonnie Beechler Occupation: SALES Location: ARCADE NY

Anything y2k related is a 'glitch', not a bug- Jonathan Kay Occupation: FREELANCE WEB DEVELOPER Location: KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CANADA

I have yet to hear anyone mention the health care industry- Laura Stewart Occupation: INTERNET PROGRAMMER Location: WINCHESTER, VA

Chile has spent a lot of money repairing Y2K bugs- Gabriel Herrera Suazo Occupation: I AM ECONOMIST Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

You hit the nail on the head- Robert Wilkinson Occupation: INFORMATION CENTER SPECIALIST WITH THE STATE OF MARYLAND Location: PARKVILLE, MARYLAND

The Y2K crisis is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy- Edward Repen Occupation: RETIRED ENGINEER Location: TROY, MI

I am getting so sick of hearing how everything is going to collapse- Steven Fields Occupation: BUISNESS ANALYST Location: DALLAS, TEXAS

A Y2K prediction that I have almost 100% confidence in- Paul Desjardins Occupation: ACCOUNT MANAGER, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS Location: NORTH BAY, ON

The government may be to blame- Daniel Petrilli Occupation: MGT. Location: ROCHESTER, NY

I'm really concerned with Russia's computer system- Jinaki Green Occupation: MARKETING ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Location: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Jesse you are such a doom-sayer and fear-monger- Mike Meechan Occupation: NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR Location: TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

There is far more hype than there are problems- Dean Morrell Occupation: NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR Location: IOWA

Your global Y2K situation is both daunting and correct- Robert Yehling Occupation: EDITOR/WRITER Location: TAMPA, FL

I think you all are blowing this Y2K farce out of proportion- Ron McPhate Occupation: TELEPHONE TECHNICIAN Location: CANADA

Fear Mongering -- great!- Randy Groncki Occupation: CONSULTANT Location: KEY WEST, FL

Chernobyl is still running, and it isn't Y2K compliant- Robert Benzinger Occupation: DIPLOMAT Location: FALLS CHURCH, VA

We can't let those furriners fool with sophisticated technology- David P. Reed Occupation: THINK ABOUT TECHNOLOGY Location: BOSTON, MA

It's time the American People wake up- Rod Sandburg Occupation: RETIRED Location: BIXBY, OK.

Does any one else feel a slight flu coming on?- Wesley Regis Occupation: HEALTH CARE WORKER Location: WEST SPRINGFIELD MA


Looks like the Network Admins and the Telephone Tech think Y2K's a buncha malarkey, and the Consultant calls Berst's scenario "fear-mongering!"

Meanwhile, the Diplomat (who's in Falls Church, AKA "Spooksville") is worried about Chernobyl, and the person in Sales is a bit worried about savings.

And about 20% of the group seem to think it's a serious problem.

Looks about right for a cross-section.

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), April 28, 1999.

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