New Year's Eve: Suggested "Roll-Over" Coverage from Long-time Members of This Forum. A Proposal. What Say You? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Now that "Magic Midnight" is not months away--but days away, tonight I began thinking about what I will be doing on New Year's eve.

I had always assumed--if possible--I would be right here on this forum. Having followed Steve Davis over these many months, I also know the "hot-sites" for Web-based roll-over coverage.

On New Year's eve, having prepared as best I can for ANY type of emergency situation (thanks to many on this forum), I will be hosting one or two families in my home for dinner. At seven p.m. Eastern time, I will mentally say a prayer of thanksgiving if the power is on. I am hopeful that it will be, based upon the fact that my utility is one of the largest power suppliers in the United States, and will have many people working that night. (By the way, I have mentally prepared myself for "magic midnight" at 7 p.m. Eastern time, because that is "Midnight" Greenwich Meantime. As I understand it, any hidden "embeddeds" may function approximately according to that standard. If I am wrong in this assumption, I would sincerely appreciate it if those in a position to correct me would begin another thread rather than complicating the intent of this one. Thanks in advance.)

My question is this, and it is particularly directed at forum "old-timers":

Where will you be that night? Are you planning to "log in" to this forum?

If so, perhaps we could start another thread that would be destined to live beyond the next few days--well into January 3rd.

It might be well be titled "TB-2000 Roll-Over Report."

If you support this idea, and are willing to contribute something from your time-zone, please "sign up here."

We can hash this out over the next couple of days, so that we are all in position for what could possibly become "The Mother of All TB 2000 Threads."

(Gosh, does that have a ring to it, or what? Hee. Hee.)

Blessings, as usual.


-- FM (, December 26, 1999


I'm in. I'm working the rollover, 7am to 3pm eastern, then the actual rollover into Jan1 from 11pm to 7 am. I'll be on and working and will report on any wierdness I can see.

-- Billy Boy (, December 26, 1999.

Word I have is that MIT is shutting down all the servers, including the one on which this forum is hosted.

I plan to be hunked down with a roast, rifle, and two dogs, watching whatever I can get on my battery-powered TV.

-- (, December 26, 1999.

This forum will be off-line during the rollover.


-- Bob (, December 26, 1999.

I intend to be here - and monitoring (starting at 5am local) - to the degree that infrastructure allows; will be monitoring SW also

wouldn't miss it for the world!

good idea, FM!

-- Perry Arnett (, December 26, 1999.

I'm in, for whatever it might be worth. We will both be experiencing Eastern Time so I doubt my input will gleen any more knowledge than yours.

-- Michael (, December 26, 1999.

An interesting idea! My only concern would be the technical ability to do it...i.e. electricity and internet remaining functional. I'm afraid my little corner of the world (Northeast) is going to be blacked out fairly early and stay off, so communicating might become a problem.

We'll see.

-- Irving (, December 26, 1999.

I plan to be plugged in, on-line, visiting sites, contributing data, doing research, anything technically possible from about 4:00am pst December 31, 1999 until somebody or something stops me from doing what I plan to be doing. And, when I get bored, I plan to drink a barley pop or three and watch some football games. Word I have from Sysops, TB2K server will be on-line unless something has changed recently and I missed it. Anyway, will look for the diehards right here and will let you know anything I see here in SoCal...

Maybe we should post e-mail addys (mine's real) and if TB2K is off- line we can e-mail updates to the troops. Need the addys soon though in order to build them in an addy book. Times a'wastin...

-- Uncle Bob (UNCLB0B@AOL.COM), December 26, 1999.

Well, me in my stupidity have arranged for my three of four Grandchildren to be spending the night at my house (boonies), I will log on here (if available) when the rug rats, curtain climbers, go to sleep! Plus, I will be logging on to the other time zones, searching for fellow human souls, for honesty.

-- Am Too (, December 26, 1999.

Count me in FM.

My signature is my real email address--I'll be at work (online) until they kick me out (1600 PDT)

-- (, December 26, 1999.

Count me in. I will have my web tv on, Art Bell on the radio and CNN on the other tv. Good Luck to all.

-- Mat (, December 26, 1999.

Count me in, from Flagstaff, Az. I will have my web tv on, Art Bell on the radio and CNN on the other tv. Good Luck to all.

-- Mat (, December 26, 1999.

Here's the url for my 'Earth Changes' chat room, I doubt it can handle a really large group, the most I've had at one time is 8 or 9.
I've been running a small website about Earth Changes (including Y2K) since Nov. '97. Its an offshoot of a now defunct radio show.
Stop by and say howdy.

-- Dan G (, December 26, 1999.

I plan to be online surfing the various rollover lookout posts, news sites, and this forum (if and when it is available) from 4am on the 31st and through the next 24 hours. After that, I will likely set my alarm to wake up periodically to check the status before going back to sleep for the next week.

I have already signed up at Zone 2000 as a reporter for my time zone and will be checking in by email with family and friends to see how they are.

I want to gather all the news I can about the impact so if we do lose power, I will have some idea of what has happened. If I do lose power, then I imagine I will be very busy trying to survive the crisis and find alternate sources of information.

I plan to keep a journal of events and status reports to share with others if that is possible.

I have heard reports that TB2000 will power down, but I do not know for what hours they expect to do this. Anyone aware of the plan?

I would like to thank everyone and wish us all the best in facing this coming challenge.

-- Lora (, December 26, 1999.

I'll be happy to share what's happening in the Wichita, Kansas area -- I'm sure most are pretty concerned about that :) Look forward to spending rollover with you all. Best wishes.

-- DaveW (, December 26, 1999.

I'm in FM, I'll be working over the CDC cutting over an Airline realtime system - we will have full CNN covergae on a giant TV screen in our data centre and will be monitoring out systems worldwide throughout the whole process - I should have lot's of inside information from SITA the telco's, satellite comms. etc. etc.

let me know what the deal is my e-mail is real

good idea!

-- Andy (, December 26, 1999.

Was going to start a thread on this, but now, not until I'm sure what's happening with the Forum servers.

Suggest a nomenclature for question headings if we're up:

SIGHTINGS: Eiffel Tower lights go out. SIGHTINGS: Canadian Air flight missing --De Jager feared aboard.


SHORTAGES: WalMart shelves empty. Lines outside. SHORTAGES: ATMs empty in Cleveland.

Any other ideas? I'm specifically thinking we not necessarily put these into new categories, though that could supplement the ease of locating threads you want to read -- I'm thinking we need to be able to QUICKLY tell what is in a thread, so we don't skip over the ones we would have wanted to see.

I also repeat my request for a possible MIRROR SITE where somebody downloads the day's postings, say every hour, and has them there for READ ONLY, so that most lurkers and posters don't have to hang the site up for reading purposes.

-- jor-el (jor-el@krypton.uni), December 26, 1999.

I'll be working at least 12 hours. Online; in contact with my Intel Officer at County EOC; keeping my troops calm; wondering if I'm the only Lt. to have distributed the entire contingency plan to every employee at my AO, went over it in detail, gave them months to think about it, give feedback, ask questions, plan.....

-- Darby (, December 26, 1999.

If I'm not here or in chat on New Years means the East Coast is with out power!

-- kritter (, December 26, 1999.

I'll be here as well as on the chatroom. I live in VA and will give any reports needed. I'm also Assistant Emergency Services for 2 meter Ham Radio for my small county and plan to monitor 2 meter ham repeater provided it stays up.

-- Debi (, December 26, 1999.


Well, I'll be interested in hearing what's going on in Wichita! We'll be watching what's going on and listening to the shortwave/scanner.

Address is real.

-- Wilferd (, December 26, 1999.

I'm in. I am in NE Texas, couple of hours north of Dallas. I will be online monitoring sites, participating in Zone 2000, and the Chat room too. I am near an Army Base, so it could get interesting. Will report if there is anything worth mentioning.

-- LZach (, December 26, 1999.

North of Dallas, too, and I will let Lisa stand in for our area. I will NOT be on the computer at all. It would greatly compromise my situational awareness. The short wave and scanner will be on.

-- preparing (, December 26, 1999.

As a penalty for posting the below thread, the karma gods assigned me to work the actual rollover. I will be on duty 12-31-99 2000 to 01-01-00 0400. I will not be able to post, but I will be able to monitor. Since I don't leave for work till 1900, I will have a chance to see what has happened around the world and whether to bail out or go to work.

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You are a very important person. A cop or a computer tech, a nurse or a national guardsman. You have been asked/ordered to work the Rollover.

At breakfast time 12-31-99 USA, it is already past midnight in the Orient. How bad would the news out of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney, Aukland, etc. have to be before you say;

A: "H**L no, I won't go."

B: "I'm headed for the hils RFN."

Same questions, but now it's lunch time in USA, which makes it after midnight in Russia, the Middle East and the Holy Land. -- gov comm (, November 21, 1999

-- (, December 26, 1999.

I'm in Sydney, Australia for those of you who don't know me.

I'll be out, very cautiously partying when the rollover happens in my area. I'll be back at around 4-5 am my time. I don't know about GMT, but that's about 10 am on New Year's Eve for you West Coast Americans.

My ICQ number is 18556775. I'll be online all day NYD, from 10 am West Coast time until midnight my time, which would be about 5 am West Coast time NYD.

Oh, and my email address is real.


-- Leo (, December 26, 1999.

Topside, this. Someone else take next turn.

-- jor-el (jor-el@krypton.uni), December 27, 1999.

Could someone answer FM's question about Greenwich Mean Time? I also read that on one post, where that writer indicated that the rollover might be as much as six hours earlier because the BIOSes are set to GMT, and people might be flying during the rollover without realizing they had miscalculated. Anyone know?

Thanks and Happy New Year! (Dare I say that?)

-- Connie Iversen (, December 27, 1999.

I'm in too. I can give a perspective on things I observe in Northeast Ohio, west of Cleveland. At work, we split up into 8 hour rotating shifts so someone is here all the time over the weekend. I got lucky and drew the first shift 7am to 4pm on the 31st, then on-call all the rest of the weekend. Whether I'm actually available to come in is another thing altogether. I could always claim my phone system went out...

One of our offices is in India, so I should have an early warning of problems happening by 2:00 or 3:00 EST.

After I get home, my wife and I will go to my in-laws house for the rollover. We'll have computers online and I'll have my laptop in case we lose power. If we lose the phones too, well I guess I won't be doing much except bugging out. We're going to have a big steak/shrimp/lobster feast like we do every year, we're just going to drink a lot less this year, wouldn't be good to be loaded if the SHTF.

-- Powder (, December 27, 1999.

I'll be there!

-- Tommy Rogers (Been there@Just a, December 27, 1999.

I'm with you Leo, I'll be out having fun too! Riots, looting, madness and mayhem not withstanding, the party must go on!

-- Uncle Deedah (, December 27, 1999.

FM, I will be working NYE, as I do most nights, collecting information on local events via contacts and scanners for the Durham newspaper and a Raleigh TV station. I will be on-line, using e-mail for work reports, and will be here and in the chatrooms as time allows. I shall be happy to relay to TB2K any relevant news--again, as time allows.

-- Old Git (, December 27, 1999.

I have to report in to work at 11:00pm CST...if Y2K is a BITR we will be dismissed. However, I will not drive Houston in the wee morning I will stay at work. I can not post from work, but if the computers are up and running I will be lurking. Good luck to all and Happy New Year.

-- quietly (, December 27, 1999.

Quick note: Just called the place where the servers are maintained, and they said they plan to be up. Not turning anything off.

FM, I plan to be "right here" reporting on the rollover. There's also another project going on this issue that will get announced in a day or so.


Am awaiting re-confirmation of this earlier message from Phil...

Subject: Re: Will the Greenspun/MIT servers be up over the New Years weekend?
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 12:33:45 -0500
From: Philip Greenspun

I have no plans to turn off any computers. I was unaware of any MIT- wide shutdown.


-- Diane J. Squire (, December 27, 1999.

I'm going to be talking with people in time zones that will be some of the first to go into the new year, and will report to my "Y2K net" email list as time permits. Anyone here who wants to get on this list, send me an email to that effect.

-- Steve Heller (, December 27, 1999.

I will be at home after an early dinner with a neighbor just 3 doors away, and am very much interested in tuning in to, and contributing anything I may have, this forum. Also, would like to be added to your list.

-- Elaine Seavey (, December 27, 1999.

If we can post, I'm in. Will have first hand news and info on hotspots ......hope it's all good!

-- More Dinty Moore (, December 27, 1999.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr (pic), near Monterey, California

perhaps we could start another thread that would be destined to live beyond the next few days--well into January 3rd. ...It might be well be titled "TB-2000 Roll-Over Report."

This may all be academic if MIT shuts down for a day or so. However, assuming we're online, I'm not sure I agree with this idea. It sounds like you're asking for people to post everything to one thread. That's not really cool. The big advantage to this greenspun software is the ability to easily scan the topic and then download only the topic of interest. If we get hundreds of topics per day, normally, that may naturally explode to double or tripple normal. I think we may ask people to be especially careful to scan the topics before starting a new thread, and similarly to use very explicit titles for threads, so we can know what they're about. But the idea of having one big thread for all "rollover" reports, just plain sucks IMHO.

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), December 27, 1999.

Well, as usual, all of you have good points. For now, at least, I'll respond to Dancr's.

My suggestion would be for the sysops to post 50 plus theads (Ouch! I can hear them beating me up now) on December 30th: one for each state in the United States--and others as they see fit.

This could be done in alphabetical order, as in:

"Alabama rollover report, December 31-January 3: Residents of that state please report problems--or the lack thereof--here"

And so on and so forth.

Whaddya think?


-- FM (, December 27, 1999.

Not really feasible, FM. Won't stay in alpha order for long.

There's a new category for: Y2K Rollover/24 Time Zones/Global Watch (New)

Perhaps a thread for each Time Zone, all categorized under the new category. (We were thinking about doing a separate Rollover Forum, but think that's not feasible as well). There's another parallel forum coming up tomorrow (see, plus Rick Cowles stuff.


-- Diane J. Squire (, December 27, 1999.

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