Zen Gloomerism OR How I learned to start worrying and love the (time)Bomb

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"...In my gut, I suspect things will not be as bad as I anticipate. Why? in my life experience, they never are. I've noticed that I'm much better at imagining bad futures than good futures. Or maybe I'm just lousy at prognosticating.

Maybe I'll just go to bed.

-- Lewis (aslanshow@yahoo.com), January 26, 1999. "

It was an interesting rollover. Surprised what works and surprised what doesn't. I'm just relieved that no one got hurt.

If you thought that peer pressure stopped companies from revealing their Y2K status BEFORE rollover, you ain't seen NOTHING yet.

Nobody wants to stand out, so the ongoing glitches (and most really are small glitches), will never be reported to anybody. The first you will hear about serious failures is when the CEO jumps ship, followed by chapter 11 procedings.

Remember: Y2K is not a heart attack; it's colon cancer. Long and ugly and scary with an uncertain outcome.

But don't deny the possibility of success. I'm proud of my fellow geeks. And flabbergasted.

Now I really AM going to bed.

-- Lewis (aslanshow@yahoo.com), January 04, 2000

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