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heh yeah i remember clearly back to fourth grade playing some math game on floppy disks because the rest of my class was struggling to learn multiplication >.<
..and don`t you yanks start with your cr*ppy ar5e about face date formats...
1.44 MB/diskette * 30 diskettes = 43.2 MB total
...and we played games with these things at one point? oh the 90`s...
And not one working model left up and running to show that the whole "bug" was real.
Some relied on the Mayan calendar, most just listened to John Connor and Arnie.
i had a ghanain teacher...he called them floppy dicks
i just laughed so hard it hurt.
my friends and I had a similar plan, but we got drunk and went to far by using a truck to back over the power relay box for the end of the street we were on.
It`s all fun and games until someone goes to jail.
I laughed in their face.
That`s like 1min 35s of music at 128Kbps,You`re welcome.
Uhh might want to ditch the BT, I`m hearing it`s the same thing. Just get like earbud headphones, less expensive and they don`t microwave your brain.
I don`t think any planes fell out of the sky though.
And i think the Y2K bug was the very first thing with which I sat back at ease and watch all the ill-informed media fed dolts worry about it. Ahhh i love having common sense and a small amount of intelligence
However he does really want me to get a bluetooth set so I don`t get brain tumors from my phone.
@LazyMe484 Y2K wasn`t going to cause a single computer to stop working. Think about it this way, when I talk about the year I graduated (97), I think you understand that as 1997, likewise when I say 98, 99, 00, or 01 you understand those are all consecutive years. Unfortunately a computer can`t, it usually would just do a basic subtraction.
So you have a bad date...so what? Well, in most cases, nothing. It`s only when you have systems that use the date in their primary purpose. Like billing systems, for example. All of a sudden, you have ~100 years difference in your next calculation 99 - 00 = ~100.
Now you have 100 years interest that your system automatically adds, or 100 years of missed payments, or alerts that monitor real time averages immediately bottom out to zero.
That`s the problem
My Dad (who works for a telecommunications company) says the Y2K stuff was mostly hype. I think the home computer stuff was hype, anyway. I don`t think a lot of computers would have been confused.
"Here is my question: Was Y2K a media stunt, or was there a legitimate problem?"
Y2K was not a media stunt.
There were legitimate issues that a huge number of people around the world devoted an enormous amount of work to resolve.
Few businesses have or will acknowledge how severe the problems were, for legal liability reasons, but as someone who worked as a programmer through the Y2K challenge - testing found critical/severe problems in widely used software that industries like banking and energy production depended on. Imagine an economic disaster that makes the current recession and the great depression look like a prosperity.
We dodged a bullet through the hard work and dedication of IT professionals (and their clients) around the world.
Lukas and MsMalicious and RyanHake - you are lucky that your childhood was protected by hard-working adults.
I thought it was a little of both, but I thought media back then was a *bit* less corrupted.
I`ve never heard of 8 inch floppiesI`ve *seen* 5 1/2" floppiesI haven`t used 1.44Mb floppies in years, my last 2 computers don`t have floppy drives.I haven`t used a CD in a while either.The last time I bought blank CDs was 5 years ago.
Ahh changing times, for the better! I like it.
Y2K was not "not a problem", it was a problem that was solved with a lot of effort.
My computer thinks!!!
I`ve seen, but never used, the older 8 inch floppies. They only held like 80kb!
Me too. I could never figure out why hard disks started being called "floppy"
It`s 100% legit! I worked for a company that sold those in 99.
Hell, I remember 5.25" floppies that were literally floppy!