Y2K: Who Else Remembers The Fear? [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago in Tech

Ah, what an innocent time 1999 was...
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Male 703
i killed a man
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Female 5,222
I had neon transparent discs XD
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Male 15,832
My first computer:

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Male 795
My first computer:

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Male 9
Does anyone remember 8inch and 5 1/4 floppy`s? So much data. Used to have little flip top storage boxes. Ahh the good old days.
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Male 264
lol you played games on a those, Nurcowski?

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 >.<

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Male 129
...and technologically disadvantaged...
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Male 2,220
dd-mon-yyyy ftw

..and don`t you yanks start with your cr*ppy ar5e about face date formats...

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Male 110
Whats Y2K you ask? Well it`s basically the 90`s answer to 2012
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Male 260
@IQover I`m guessing you werent on computers bac then. Jeez.
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Male 1,196
holy crap... 1.44 megabyte. that can`t even hold an mp3
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Male 124
lol you played games on a those, Nurcowski? i remeber playing Word Muncher on a flopy. the ones that really were floppy with the hole in the middle. lol good times.
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Female 48
New Years 1999 they shut all the train lines down in Sydney from about 11pm till 3am in anticipation of Y2K screwing their computer system and the fear people would be stuck on trains and/or trains would suddenly start ignoring signals and drive themselves into each other etc (planes were also going to fall out of the sky and traffic lights would start blinking and so on)..... the only close to Y2K that affected me was getting so blind drunk by 10pm I can`t remember anything till about 3am when we caught the train home! Missed the whole effing thing!
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Male 2,552
Wow... I feel old because I used a discette as late as three-four years ago for schoolwork. Word doc`s don`t take up much space, the reason I quit using them was because the computers at my school were "upgraded" and no longer diskette-compatible.
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Male 1,043
Wow Rainbow diskettes.. Like we need colour disks with a black and white screen.. o.0
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Male 264
but wait you get 25, no F*** that, 30 different ones in a colorful rainbow array, what joy, let`s see...

1.44 MB/diskette * 30 diskettes = 43.2 MB total

...and we played games with these things at one point? oh the 90`s...

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Female 778
none of my computers have an A drive. hell, i can`t even remember the last time i saw a drating floppy disk.
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Male 28
What would we have done without the diskette? All five of those word files that fit on one might have perished miserably.
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Male 139
LOL! Couldn`t even fit 1 jpeg on there these days.
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Male 1,646
haha
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Male 19
yay!!!
F*** computers nowadays that don`t have a diskette unit!!
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Female 1,190
amen! :)
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Female 83
RAINBOW DISKETTES?! :DDDDD
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Male 914
ah the good ol` days....can i get an amen??....
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Female 1,386
Its also worth note: Weird how we always forget the last round of paranoia. Y2k before 2012, SARS before H1N1...
(I`m sure theres more)
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Female 1,264
1.44 mb...I could get hundreds of images in those diskettes! Now I could barely get half in there XD
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Female 1,386
Heh y2k... My paranoid tinfoil-hat wearing parents bought two cases of dried lentils, a case of rice, and a crapload of bottled water "Just in case". They still have it all collecting dust in their pantry too. Just early for the next round: 2012.
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Male 3,755
Without Y2K we wouldn`t have the movie Office Space, so it all worked out.
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Male 712
I remember. All that hoopla over getting a "Y2K Compliant" computer in every home and the only thing it was supposedly going to affect if anything were financial systems.

And not one working model left up and running to show that the whole "bug" was real.

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Male 208
1.44 mb? I remember those days...
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Female 9,572
Aww, Floppy Discs, those where the days...
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Male 425
Ah, a floppy drive. I used to have one of those.
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Male 651
I remember hearing about Y2K, then checking whatever the equivalent of wikipedia was back then, discovering that it wasn`t worth worrying about, then getting on with my life.
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Male 494
"Didn`t they use the Mayan Calendar argument back then too?"

Some relied on the Mayan calendar, most just listened to John Connor and Arnie.

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Male 9,305
Didn`t they use the Mayan Calendar argument back then too?
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Male 894
lol. whatever happened to rainbow diskette`s?
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Male 1,598
Rainbow diskettes will protect human society!
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Female 204
lol i dont remember any of this i was like 6 then
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Male 1,351
Yup, that`ll juuuuust about cover it.
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Male 4,867
floppy disks?

i had a ghanain teacher...he called them floppy dicks

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Male 373
lulz, thats awsome
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Female 1,077
@almightybob

i just laughed so hard it hurt.

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Female 1,269
aww i was just a little tyke back then :]
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Male 25,416
Wow 1.44MB! thats insane! i love old computers!
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Male 690
The same kind of idiots are screaming about 2012 being the end of the world, now.
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Female 116
why do i feel like these kits are going to be readily available in October of 2012?
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Male 2,033
Lando-

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.

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Male 4,290
I remember someone telling me that because the computer`s date would roll over to 1900, the computer would think to itself "It is 1900. Computers have not yet been invented. Therefore I do not exist". And that the computer would then wipe all the information on it and shut down.

I laughed in their face.

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Male 1,361
1.44MB!!!!!!

That`s like 1min 35s of music at 128Kbps,
You`re welcome.

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Female 1,652
I remember that the general mindset was that after 2000 we would start living like the Jetsons. Notsomuch. But technology has come a long way.
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Male 3,842
I almost forgot - on December 31, 1999, I was at a party and I thought it would be really really funny as everyone was counting down "5, 4, 3, 2..." to suddenly turn out all the lights. If I could have sneaked out and killed the power to the entire house at the fuse box, that would have been even better.
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Male 1,853
Well kilroy, seeing as Y10K is about 8000 years from now, I think we`ll have found out a way to fix whatever the hell we`ve done wrong. Either that, or we`re on Uranus (hehe).
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Male 504
Ha Y2K was gay even the rainbow colored floppies help back that up.
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Male 7,832
floppy`s forever!!!
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Male 9,305
"However he does really want me to get a bluetooth set so I don`t get brain tumors from my phone."

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.

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Male 416
I did see one instance of the problem. Sometime back in about 1998 I was in a checkout queue and the customer in front of me tried to pay with a card which expired in 02. It was rejected as an expired card because 02 is a lower number than 98.

I don`t think any planes fell out of the sky though.

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Male 496
Well, once again: due to our lack of foresight, we`re going to be TOTALLY screwed come Y10K.
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Female 444
Hehe... I were never worried. What did you think was gonna happen anyway? That the computers was gonna kill themselfes and set themselves on fire?
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Male 1,929
awww floppy drives. I still have those!!

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

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Female 15,763
My dad`s a big computer nerd, so we never fell to the paranoia.

However he does really want me to get a bluetooth set so I don`t get brain tumors from my phone.

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Male 73
lol I asked my little cousin a few days ago if he knows what Y2K was and he had no clue... hes 15.
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Male 256
hm i never realized how big 2K bug was until a bunch of techs could explain it :D
i was young when it happened but i thought it was ridiculous and i wuld make fun of my dad for backing everything onto those tiny drives all day
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Female 4,039
I was on a cruise on New Year`s Eve 1999 and everyone was saying the ship`s computer was going to stop working and we`d be stuck in the middle of the Caribbean and they wouldn`t find us for weeks - and I was like, whooo-hooooo! Sadly, that did not happen and I was back to work shortly thereafter. :-(
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Male 294
And yet at the same time Heureux, it wasn`t as bad as technicians and as the media reported it to be.

@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

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Female 696
I was definitely alive at the time... but I remember NONE of it. I never heard of Y2K until YEARS later...
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Male 15,510
Best way to save the interenetz!
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Male 2,548
Oooh, Rainbow diskettes!
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Female 32
Steelgrid, I think this is just an old box that someone`s taking a picture of. It looks to me like the box is just falling apart.
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Female 387
Wow! 1.44MB... floppy disks... weird!

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.

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Male 1,674
"2012 has some basis though. Either way, people are makin a huge deal about it just like Y2K"\
you got those reversed.
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Male 1,054
LazyME484

"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.

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Male 2,159
Wasn`t Y2K about short dates resetting and confusing computamobots?
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Male 74
a1butcher...because the disc inside the hard plastic case was a thin `floppy` piece of magnetic plastic, also b/c we were already call hard drives hard...so...well you can see where that was going
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Male 2,700
While things like this did exsist...This one is fake. You can see the label overlap on the right side and the label fall short on the left side. This may be a manufacture sticker or simply a user mod on the box.
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Male 10,440
Here is my question: Was Y2K a media stunt, or was there a legitimate problem?

I thought it was a little of both, but I thought media back then was a *bit* less corrupted.

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Male 10,440
I`d need half a million of those to back up all my stuff.

I`ve never heard of 8 inch floppies
I`ve *seen* 5 1/2" floppies
I 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.

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Male 15,832
After Y2K hit, and nothing much happened, a lot of people said we went to a lot of trouble and expense for nothing. It never occurred to them that the only reason nothing much happened was BECAUSE we went to a lot of trouble and expense to prepare for it.
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Male 36
recently made a facebook group that relates. free to join =)Titled, "When I Was Your Age We Had Y2K, Not 2012"
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Male 4,546
BTW:

Y2K was not "not a problem", it was a problem that was solved with a lot of effort.

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Male 774
My computer doesn`t think it exists!

...

My computer thinks!!!

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Male 3,332
"Hell, I remember 5.25" floppies that were literally floppy!"

I`ve seen, but never used, the older 8 inch floppies. They only held like 80kb!

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Male 4,807
"Hell, I remember 5.25" floppies that were literally floppy!"

Me too. I could never figure out why hard disks started being called "floppy"

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Male 3,369
LandoGriffin
Male, 30-39, Western US
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[ Delete Post ] Tuesday, January 12, 2010 9:53:49 AM
I call fake - it is an ordinary box of 3.5" floppy disks and someone printed a pretty label to put on the top of the box as a joke.
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Wrong!

It`s 100% legit! I worked for a company that sold those in 99.

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Female 101
I haven`t seen a floppy disk since middle school LOL
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Male 3,842
I call fake - it is an ordinary box of 3.5" floppy disks and someone printed a pretty label to put on the top of the box as a joke.

Hell, I remember 5.25" floppies that were literally floppy!

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Male 1,011
only difference between then and now is that itll just be a thumb drive :P
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Male 2,148
Yes, nothing more innocent than the Columbine shooting (April 20, 1999).
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Male 138
yup, and now we get to wait for 2012. More fun nutter times ahead I suspect.
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Female 291
People still use them too. My man uses them cause it`s the easiest way to install 3rd party scsi drivers for xp =D

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Male 3,425
I vaguely remember it, I was quite young, but I just remember groups of my friends crying about it, everyone panicking etc... What a load of bulls**t. I`m not even gonna get out of bed for 2012. Actually I might, there`s probably some dumb girl I could persuade to have sex with me.
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Female 1,211
Ah yes, I remember... I unplugged my pc before midnight. lol
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Male 516
1.44 MB... that seemed like so much back then
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Female 1,283
AHAHAHA
Those are ancient XD
We had a set similar to those when we had our comp lol!
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Male 2,690
Of course, just as 2012 was, it was simply an easy way to make money.
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Female 961
whoa floppy discs
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Female 507
Wow, 1.44 MB! I could fit a whole quarter of a song on there!
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Female 291
2012 has some basis though. Either way, people are makin a huge deal about it just like Y2K
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Female 291
LOL I remember those xD
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Female 3,828
woah weird, looking back on it. guess 2012 is the new fad conspiracy.
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Male 20,915
Link: Y2K: Who Else Remembers The Fear? [Pic] [Rate Link] - Ah, what an innocent time 1999 was...
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