Y2K: Don't write it off yet; a year is a long time!

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Why everyone seems to be of the impression that the potential problem of Y2K are gone is beyond me. Although some computer programs (viruses) can be programmed to do damage on a specific date, the Y2K situation was not like that. Nor was it a bug as most have termed it.

While I don't think that the "sky will be falling," I don't think that we have heard the last of the earthquake known as Y2K either!

-- S. Anderson (sanderso@catholicrelief.org), January 03, 2000


The show is over. Give it up. You won't see anything more than you have seen so far.

Y2K: Simple problems, spread across time; solvable, with good interim workarounds, and minimal effects on society.

Memorize that.

-- Jim Thompson (jimthompsonmd@attglobal.net), January 03, 2000.

I don't think I will spend ANOTHER year obsessing on this. Enjoy yourself.

-- Lars (lars@indy.net), January 03, 2000.


I noted you are associated with Catholic Relief? I heartily agree with you, we haven't seen much since not much was/had to be running at the roll-over. If you want some added insight consider this: How very many people need only 60 seconds and a few pictures on CNN and a few "suited people" saying everything is fine...to decide there is no problem and won't be a problem.

Some folks don't think very deeply, apparently. There are instances of outages and problems cropping up today. Some folks here are stating they noticed a very reduced train traffic pattern in their areas, one fella is going to work at a Nuke Power Plant in Maryland that supposedly has problems.

The fact you will not see things like this in the papers is that there are national security vulnerabilities that would come into play if the U.S. was a "mess".

Banking has to go two weeks minimum for me to even think things are close to solved; same with stock markets worldwide.

Cory Hamasaki stated today that there was an outage at the y2k center in Washington that went unreported, unless you saw it as he claims he did.

The truth is, there will be more info. for you to gather by thinking and being observant in your area. Do not depend upon news cources for info. Remember, there is about 2-3 weeks of stockpile and inventory for many orgs. to be buffered by temporary supply chain problems. Once we are past that time frame, we will be able to better judge how things are actually going.

There are far too many people who assume news is not spiked or censored for legitimate national security issues. If you have read any history, you will know that this has always been the first response in our nation. If you live by train tracks, start noticing if traffic is about normal; note price hikes at the gas pump; and start noting all the places that you do business with that have a "non-y2k" problem with their computers.

This is so very far from over.

People (quite a few here) have made this into a very personal and insulting affair. Stick with your heart and continue to pray for being in the right place at the right time to find out whether things are as good as everyone appears to think they are.

P.S.--Someone mentioned IBM is contacting some folks about degradation of systems and lost data in certain of their products. They supposedly want to be able to say they informed their customers when they detected the problems. (And don't expect to hear about that one any too soon either!


-- (He Who) Rolls with Punches (JoeZi@aol.com), January 03, 2000.

Gosh, Dr Thompson is here, too, handling out his pearls of wisdom. He called Lane Core a nut, or something along those lines. You can definitely tune out Doctor Jim. Unfortunately, I'll bet he never comes back and reads these additional comments. Once he's made a pronouncement, the subject is closed.

Yup, we have a long way to go. Day 3 and all these folks are congratulating themselves. By March we'll know whether it will be a 3 or a 7, and by June we'll be able to make a pretty good estimate on the repair requirements. On the third of January, all we can do is look around and wait for shoes to drop.

-- bw (home@puget.sound), January 03, 2000.

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