This cheap shot at the pollies. Couldn't resist. : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Check this web site out. I got a chuckle out of it.

I guess later on, when they put some data up it will prove to be a valuable resource.

Keep your...

-- eyes_open (, August 11, 1999


hehe-- kinda funny

though i'm not a polly,

you can't have y2k success stories, until the software or hardware works in the year 2000, right?-- anyway, i'm sure this was just a lighthearted jab at pollies-- & it's hard to have a sense of humor sometimes, when you're in times where there's a mass shooting every week --thanks for the laugh

-- tafka SL (, August 11, 1999.


Clearly the alleged "humour" in this post assumes that the Information Technology Association of America, as quoted above, are in on the joke. (rather than simply in-progress on their website construction project)

Strange then, that an organisation apparently in total agreement with the Y2K "doomer" concept of TEOTWAWKI on 31/12/99 and TSHTF thereafter, (with irreperable breakdowns in power generation, telephony, banking, commerce and everything else we know and love), are headlining the following event on their front page . .

*** Reproduced for educational purposes***

Strategic Solutions E-Business/Beyond 2000 October 24-27, 1999 * The Westin La Paloma Resort / Tucson, AZ

Join over 400 top executives from leading Information Technology companies for high-level discussions on strategic business issues and unparalleled networking opportunities. Click here for more information.

Keynote Presenters:

John W. Thompson President, CEO and Chairman of Symantec

Robert Davis President & CEO of Lycos

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

1998 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate John Hume, Ireland

Agniezska Winkler Author of Warpspeed Branding

Gary Beach Publisher of CIO magazine will moderate a panel of industry CIO's from, MicroAge, Novell, Sun Microsystems and Penn State University.


Are they all planning to sit around discussing the best way to rehydrate beans for resale, and how to mount a global e-marketing strategy fuelled by methane (from chicken droppings) and flaming torchlight ?

I'll be the first to laugh . . when it comes close to humour.



PS - Rearrange the following words into a coherent sentence . . to find a quote from the "doomer-humor" department


-- W0lv3r1n3 (, August 11, 1999.

Wolf: Conventional IT wisdom is juggernaut. They must continue to plan for a future that resembles the status quo, because it is impractical for them to do otherwise. Its unpleasant, its negative thinking, and it requires decision making that is not possessed by the average manager and corporate thinker. These people get paid to design new and fancier software, not to contemplate and prepare for systemic failure. A lot of IT folks are still in denial and/or think y2k is a hoax.

Just because there are a lot of folks that "just want the world to go as it is" doesn't alter the fact that their are major changes in store.

-- a (a@a.a), August 11, 1999.


I assume that they are just not finished with the web page as well. (See the sentance after the URL in the original post for reference.) However, when thrust in to the context of this board, it becomes humorous.

Keep your...

-- eyes_open (, August 11, 1999.

With the "unparalleled networking opportunities," maybe the IT folks are going to learn how to network via smoke signals and tom-toms. I'm working on cans and string myself.

-- Reach (outand@touch.someone), August 11, 1999.

well done "a" . . youve proven that doomers can use humor .. even when its accidental.

You are seriously trying to say that these top IT personnell are just rumbling along like some juggernaut, in the face of certain failure, simply because the industry demands continuity ????

Laugh ... I almost bought a round of drinks.

I dub thee "Sir "A" of the blind dogma"

Everyones marching out of time . . except ME !!! (even the parade sergeant . . and who's gonna tell him ??)



-- W0lv3r1n3 (, August 11, 1999.

No, what I said was that the momentum of current development work does not allow it to turn on a dime. Just because corporations are continuing to plan events and projects into 2000 like nothing is going happen doesn't mean that these events and projects will not have to be canceled.

For instance, where I work ($2B agency), we have schedules for the various programs and the projects within those programs. How many reflect any sort of planned slippage due to y2k disruptions? ZERO. Part of the reason for this is because we don't know what to plan FOR, but the overwhelming reason is that folks here do not anticipate ANY disruptions.

My argument, bonehead, is that it is unrealistic to think that there are not going to be major disruptions. And from the lame, scatterbrained reasoning of your counter argument, sounds like you need to lay off the "drinks".

-- a (a@a.a), August 11, 1999.

Calm down there a.a - or you'll become b.c when your blood pressure gets too high. 8<)


To eyes_open: Be careful there - Old Chinese proverb says "One who sends "cheap shots" deliberately invites "cheap shots" to be returned - in spades." I'd recommend the policy - if it looks like a cheap shot, and smells like a cheap shot, resist it - it probably is a cheap shot.

However, the otherwise EXCELLENT data, links, background articles, and even commercials and other references makes this a tremedous aid. For example, the ITA White Paper on Y2K is here too:

In any case, I'm bookmarking htis for future reference. It has very timely and accurate technical data behind every button I tested. Warning: Pollies will not find any good news here either.


However, eyes, it certainl;y appears their "front page" (the one labelled "Y2K success stories" is now blank. It will be left to the readers to determine if:

a) this is deliberate on the ITA's part to emphasize (with their own humorous intent) and show that we haven't finished yet....

b) a goof. Could be.

c) a page merely "under construction" - and so therefore blank.

d) deliberate - they simply haven't found any "successes" yet - Comment: I'd say the Union Pacific Railroad, NorthWest Airlines, SS Administration, Ontario Hydro, and a few others are real successes. They (the ITA) should recognize who has done things right....and castigate those who are failing.

e) none of the above.


Or you could contact the editor directly and ask him.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (, August 11, 1999.

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