" 'The notion that preventing panic was more important than solving the problem has won out,' said Leon Kappelman, a professor at the University of North Texas who has advised government planners on Y2K. 'I hope that was a good decision; I don't think it was,' he said."

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I hope so too. You got to admit, they did a good job of it. They also did work on some of the systems, set up control mechanisms, develop policies and contingency plans, and carefully coordinate nationally and internationally. I hope it is enough.

My last post for the year. Thank you all and God bless and care for you. Enjoy the holidays.


p.s. If you havn't prepared yet, please do not prepare for more than 3 days, you'll break the system IMHO. Good luck to all.

-- ng (cantprovideemail@none.com), December 16, 1999


Good luck. See you on the other side.

Oh, and just for grins, here's a LINK to that killer URL...

-- I'm Here, I'm There (I'm Everywhere@so.beware), December 16, 1999.


-- Dennis (djolson@cherco.net), December 16, 1999.

Good point, ng, but the small number of people on this forum won't make any difference. It's the 70% of Oprah viewers, and the 30-40% of Joe Sixpack households that'll hit the supermarkets like a Revelations plague of locusts on December 28th.

-- Servant (public_service@yahoo.com), December 16, 1999.

I'm seeing many more people get that sanpaku, whites-of-the-eyes look in meetings whenever Y2K comes up. These are seasoned (10+ years) IT professionals, and some of them are just now twigging to the potential impacts of even minor outages.

Not enough time left to go through the cycle of:


Just keep 'em calm and hope that all the important work got done. That's the approach and plan.

As noted many times previously by our fearless Sysop: *sigh*

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.com), December 16, 1999.

For what it's worth, seems some of the supermarkets GI and are preparing for panic towards the end of the year. Spoke last night with an old friend that lives in Visalia, California, and she told me that the manager at the supermarket (I believe it's a Safeway, if I recall correctly from my last visit up that way a few years ago) had told her they were hiring security guards to be on hand from December 28 on, as long as they needed them. Makes sense, once the herd starts to move, I wouldn't want to be a grocery clerk... anyone remember the scenes in California after the Landers quake? Some places got a little ugly...

-- C (c@c.com), December 16, 1999.

Last night my DWGI wife stated "if you don't have a stash of AA batteries hidden somewhere, it might be a good idea to get some." I do, but I figure this gives me the opportunity to get some more.

-- Phread (lurking@y2k.com), December 16, 1999.

Have been posting for a long time that I have NOT seen shortages at any of the stores I frequent. In Safeway last night though I saw some interesting holes in their inventory, 5 people crusing the isles with clipboards and full carts (and yes, it could be holiday shopping...60lb. of rice for Christmas though?). Some shelf areas of the store were a mess and the stockers I spoke to said people were buying a tremendous amount of stuff...a "suprisingly" large amount.

-- Don Kulha (dkulha@vom.com), December 16, 1999.

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