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Man emerges from bunker 14 years after Y2K scare.

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]
posted by Telf on Dec 18, 2013 - 90 comments

RETROREPORT - The truth now about the big stories then

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]
posted by Blasdelb on Sep 10, 2013 - 15 comments

ComMIDIcations Breakdown

[1999Filter] MIDI Led ZeppelinMIDI RushMID9 BeatlesMIDI YesMIDI Iron Maiden[previously]
posted by not_on_display on Jul 14, 2011 - 24 comments

Personal Pandemic Preparedness Plan

Personal Pandemic Preparedness Plan.
posted by stbalbach on Oct 7, 2005 - 53 comments

Poetry for Seiko Messagewatch

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 has emerged.
posted by krysalist on Feb 7, 2005 - 4 comments

I feel fine

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]
posted by schoolgirl report on Jan 3, 2005 - 17 comments

The Y2K bug gets in its last lick.

The Y2K bug gets in its last lick. We all thought we were safely past that a year ago, didn't we?
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jan 1, 2001 - 8 comments

Japan hit by leap day glitches

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.
posted by alan on Feb 29, 2000 - 0 comments

Ha! The Y2K nuts still aren't giving up their cause.

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?
posted by mathowie on Jan 4, 2000 - 0 comments

Here's a site that has screencaps of all the Y2K errors found on popular websites.

Here's a site that has screencaps of all the Y2K errors found on popular websites. It all goes back to a client side dating done with javascript, using the getYear() functions. Turns out that after 2k, the date is reported as four digits instead of two. I try to stick with server side solutions instead.
posted by mathowie on Jan 3, 2000 - 1 comment

Nice!

Nice! The BrainLog is apparently having some Y2K difficulties. :)
posted by mathowie on Jan 1, 2000 - 0 comments

In San Francisco, the Ad Hoc Committee Against the New Millennium staged a solemn march against Y2K.

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 e-commerce."
posted by mathowie on Jan 1, 2000 - 0 comments

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.
posted by grant on Dec 31, 1999 - 0 comments

This is a good sign,

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?
posted by mathowie on Dec 31, 1999 - 1 comment

This Wired News article

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.''
posted by grant on Dec 14, 1999 - 0 comments

I have to agree with 'The Wrong Approach' by OSAll 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.'
posted by tdecius on Dec 6, 1999 - 0 comments

Y2K Spoof Flick Goes Awry

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.
posted by greyscale on Nov 25, 1999 - 0 comments

Have you helped name the next decade yet? I personally prefer 'the empties'.
posted by grant on Nov 20, 1999 - 1 comment

The nukes are alright...

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...
posted by grant on Nov 8, 1999 - 4 comments

Urge everyone to upgrade their browsers.

Urge everyone to upgrade their browsers. Why? Well many of the older browsers out there have Y2K problems.
posted by mathowie on Aug 11, 1999 - 0 comments

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