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Shark Tank: Things change

By Sharky

01/13/2000 Y2K was going to be a sizable IT chore until 2002, maybe 2003. Remember? All the gurus said so. With straight faces, even.

Well, the layoffs are hitting already. Heck, some outfits started canning Y2K staff before the rollover. Honest. One pilot fish, a Y2K program manager at a smallish consultancy, watched four of his programmers get axed on Dec. 27. No time to pull together a goodbye lunch -- along with three others, he got nailed himself nine days later.

When he interviewed in 1997, the pilot fish says, "I asked what was going to happen after 1/1/2000. I was told we would use current customers as a base for non-Y2K business." . . .


What amazes me is that anyone believed all the kissy-kissy happy-face "We luuuuuuuuuuv our employees" BS from these companies in the first place. After all two employees = one new Beemer for the CEO, right?

-- I'm Here, I'm There (I'm Everywhere@so.beware), January 17, 2000


There were 7-8 pages of IT jobs in the Raleigh News & Observer on Sunday. The paper covers mainly the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. See the on-line employment edition here:

-- Old Git (, January 17, 2000.

There are PLENTY of "Help Desks" out there looking for good people ...

-- Sad Tale (, January 17, 2000.

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