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Y2K: Who Else Remembers The Fear? [Pic]

Hits: 44653 | Rating: (3.3) | Category: Technology | Added by: fancylad
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LandoGriffin
Male, 30-39, Western US
 4827 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 1:13:59 PM
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.

dilldog123
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2124 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 1:09:55 PM
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).

p0l4r21
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 505 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 1:02:36 PM
Ha Y2K was gay even the rainbow colored floppies help back that up.

cobrakiller
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 6950 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:45:53 PM
floppy's forever!!!

Nidonemo
Male, 18-29, Western US
 9216 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:31:08 PM
"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.


xmastree_ph
Male, 40-49, Europe
 416 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:23:21 PM
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.


kilroy5555
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 503 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:12:13 PM
Well, once again: due to our lack of foresight, we're going to be TOTALLY screwed come Y10K.

malinschen
Female, 18-29, Europe
 448 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:09:57 PM
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?

TopperHey
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1945 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:07:22 PM
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


opiebreath
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 16061 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:46:13 AM
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.


strickt
Male, 18-29, Western US
 73 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:45:30 AM
lol I asked my little cousin a few days ago if he knows what Y2K was and he had no clue... hes 15.

wereallboned
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 260 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:44:43 AM
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

Oystah
Female, 40-49, Eastern US
 3902 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:41:52 AM
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.

janus_games
Male, 18-29, Western US
 296 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:29:54 AM
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


Neko_Sik
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 701 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:29:12 AM
I was definitely alive at the time... but I remember NONE of it. I never heard of Y2K until YEARS later...

Angelmassb
Male, 18-29, S. America
 15498 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:18:46 AM
Best way to save the interenetz!

Geogypsy
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2415 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:18:00 AM
Oooh, Rainbow diskettes!

Y2K09
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 32 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:11:58 AM
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.

Mantolwen
Female, 18-29, Europe
 390 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:02:44 AM
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.


BlankTom
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 6560 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:02:43 AM
"2012 has some basis though. Either way, people are makin a huge deal about it just like Y2K"\
you got those reversed.

Heureux
Male, 40-49, Western US
 1060 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:50:32 AM
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.


Mikeado
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2179 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:47:06 AM
Wasn't Y2K about short dates resetting and confusing computamobots?

bry27
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 75 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:36:08 AM
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

Steelgrid
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2704 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:35:05 AM
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.

LazyMe484
Male, 18-29, Canada
 10503 Posts
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:32:42 AM
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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