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I started prepping in late 1997. I'm the Operations Manager (non-geek) of a company that provides a (non-essential) service to homes,business hotels,etc.We are the largest firm in our field.I actually have 'compliance' letters from our suppliers.Had all new hardware in 1998,upgraded Microsucks,had Shield 2000 installed on every PC.Had the whole system checked by not one,but two outside I.T.guys.I have a letter dated Sept 15,1998 from our industry specific software supplier that all software is "year 2000 compliant". My wife & I have been GI all along. My key staff is also(well,mostly).I've made provisions to take care of the remaining staff if needed(and probably will).Generators,supplies,even a SatPhone! So why do I feel a little down today? I just got off the phone with said software support in Florida. "hey Walter,we just need you to hook up your modem so we can do some last minute stuff,faxing you over a list of a few entries that you can key in yourself" Like I said, I'm non-geek,but I got a little lump in my throat when I got the fax : "AT THE % SIGN, ENTER THE FOLLOWING COMMANDS. WHEN YOU HAVE THE % SIGN RETURNED,GO TO THE NEXT COMMAND,AND SO ON UNTIL COMPLETED. 1.daydate 2.fixctdate 3.fixgrid 4.fixttime 5.fixtt 6.fixprodfl After feeling like toast for a bit, I decided to make a sandwich,on toast of course,and see how everyone else is doin' today.But on second thought, I'll check you lot tomorrow,I think I'll just go home. Night!

-- Walter (on de rock@northrock.bm), December 09, 1999


sorry, not my real e-mail!!(Real story though!)

on de rock

-- Walter (on de rock@northrock.bm), December 09, 1999.

That sux! Night Walter.

-- Hokie (nn@va.com), December 09, 1999.

I think they call that FOF. Fix on F*uckup.

-- youtopian (@ .), December 09, 1999.

Sorry, but I don't understand what all this means to this guy. Can someone explain.

-- Gambler (scotann@arosnet.com), December 09, 1999.

Take er easy Walter and enjoy de rock!!!!!

Just think, at least you don't have embedded chips/systems to deal with. The manufactures are changing "readiness" of chips status ........alot.

-- (karlacalif@aol.com), December 09, 1999.

gambler - it means Walter thought he was done with all the remediation and then a software supplier dumped on him again saying he was not done. Apparently, getting the code right, is endless.

-- Guy Daley (guydaley@bwn.net), December 09, 1999.

Soooo many firms are 98% or even 99% ready. That last one or two percent is a (female dog).

-- Mad Monk (madmonk@hawaiian.net), December 09, 1999.

What's the debugging mantra? Something like "The last 10% of the work will take 90% of the project time" --

Microsoft isn't done yet with Windows 95...

-- Tom Carey (tomcarey@mindspring.com), December 10, 1999.

Been there, done that.

Been there, been done to by that.


We ain't seen nothing yet.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), December 10, 1999.

By the way, congratulations on your own personal and professional preparations.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), December 10, 1999.

Your story reminds me of this Polly fellow I know who works at one of the "100% compliant" places who spends all day debugging "compliant" software.

And he is still a Polly! :-(

-- cgbg jr (cgbgjr@webtv.net), December 10, 1999.

Good Morning All! And Thank-you for your support.It's a Bermuda-ful day here today,and I'm back in my proper frame of mind.I had temporarily forgotten that's why I made all these contingency plans.In actual fact, we were prepared with 100% workarounds as of April, just hoping we wouldn't have to resort to that.It was just kinda' a bummer,you know? Well, back on track today. Thanks again!

on de rock

-- Walter (on de rock@northrock.bm), December 10, 1999.

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