January 1, 2000 was the day that our computers were meant to fail us and change our lives forever. It was also the day that 44 year old Norman Feller headed into his underground bunker over fears of the fallout from the Y2K virus. Remarkably Mr. Feller spent the next 14 years in isolation only to emerge this past September. [more inside]
How often does a great story dominate the headlines, only to be dropped from the news cycle? How often do journalists tell us of a looming danger or important discovery – only to move quickly to the next new thing? What really happened? How did these events change us? And what are the lingering consequences that may affect our society to this day? These are the questions we are answering at Retro Report, an innovative documentary news organization launched in 2013 as a timely online counterweight to today’s 24/7 news cycle. Combining documentary techniques with shoe-leather reporting, we peel back the layers of some of the most perplexing news stories of our past with the goal of encouraging the public to think more critically about current events and the media
in ~10 minute segments. [more inside]
The Seiko Messagewatch
may have been one of the few elements gunned down by the Y2k hype
, but, in it's wake, a new form of poetry
The surprising legacy of Y2K.
In the runup to the new millennium, my uncle stocked a bunker full of supplies and ammunition and drove around with more in the trunk of his car. Crazy? Maybe, but this piece by American Public Media might get him off the hook and at the same time give the geeks who staved off armageddon a little credit. [Audio version at NPR's Marketplace
The Y2K bug gets in its last lick.
We all thought we were safely past that a year ago, didn't we?
Japan hit by leap day glitches
Looks like y2k wasn't a total bust. I want to know what happens in seven decades, when all the people who implemented a is post-1972, is not post-1972 solution still haven't updated.
Ha! The Y2K nuts still aren't giving up their cause.
These guys need to face defeat. They were wrong. We lucked out. The programmers saved the day. Let's move on now, shall we?
Here's a site that has screencaps of all the Y2K errors found on popular websites.
The BrainLog is apparently having some Y2K difficulties. :)
In San Francisco, the Ad Hoc Committee Against the New Millennium staged a solemn march against Y2K.
"Growing up in the '60s and '70s we were promised things like rocket cars, space travel, alien encounters...android sex slaves," said Horace
Higginbottom, who thinks the world has been cheated out of the future. "What do we get instead? They gives us the lousy Internet, crummy
With all this preoccupation with Y2K and the march of time lately, this doesn't seem to be too out of place. British Prime Minister Tony Blair figures it's time for the UK to start capitalizing on GMT
as the standard timestamp of worldwide e-commerce. Personally, as goofy as it is, I'm starting to warm up to Swatch's internet time
concept. By the way, this was posted @ 831.
This is a good sign,
as of 5am New Zealand time, there are *no* reported Y2K problems with any public utility. So what are people going to do with all their bottled water and extra food when nothing happens tomorrow?
This Wired News article
has one of the funniest Y2K-related quotes I've read lately. According to Jon Arnold, the CIO at the Edison Electric Institute
... ''Every New Year's, there's an outage somewhere, and it's usually because a truck hit a utility pole, a squirrel crawled into a transformer, or there's a winter storm. The bottom line is that stuff breaks all the time.''
I have to agree with 'The Wrong Approach'
staff writer Brian Martin. Martin postulates that nearly every system on the planet could be secured with one simple step: making default installations totally locked down as opposed to the status quo of totally systems. 'I say it could be done in one month. In reality, most unix vendors could sit down and change their default settings in a matter of days.'
Y2K Spoof Flick Goes Awry
"This FBI agent called," said Zieper. "He said, 'There are a lot of people planning to vacation in New York this year, a lot of them are coming to your site and they're getting scared. I want to talk to you about how we can stop people from coming to this site.'" ... see the flick here
. The FBI is full of a bunch of weirdos.
Have you helped name the next decade
yet? I personally prefer 'the empties'.
The nukes are alright...
"since most American nuclear plants were built in the 1960s and '70s, they operate on analog systems, and are unlikely to be affected by digital errors." I feel so much safer now...
Urge everyone to upgrade their browsers.
Why? Well many of the older browsers out there have Y2K problems