Will the turn of the millennium be the end of the world as we know it, or just a big
party? That's what people were asking as January 1, 2000 approached.
Actually, the millennium won't really turn until 2001, but January 1, 2000 is not only
the more attractive party date, but also when lots of computer software was expected to
fail, a problem referred to as "Y2K". Would this
be only a minor nuisance, or would it lead to a Great Depression or even a general collapse of
civilization? Should you take all of your cash out of the bank and head for the hills, or was
that just panic-mongering? There were lots of Web sites that had something to say about it.
But when the big day finally came, it turned out to be no big deal: the bugs never bit, and
while there were some big parties, a majority stayed at home. And on January 1, the usual
assortment of bowl games awaited the couch potatoes of America.
The Millennium Bug
- Year2000.Com has lots of info, links, and resources
about the Year 2000 software problem.
- Y2K-Status.Org links to various sites giving the
status of Y2K compliance worldwide.
- Y2K Today is another comprehensive site on this issue.
- Yahoo links
to lots of Y2K news items.
- JBAWORLD's Year 2000 site.
- Y2KWomen.Com is a "For Women Only" site with Y2K
resources from a feminine perspective (whatever that means).
- CNET Year 2000 Feature
- Family Interactive Net's Y2K Site
expects the worst of the Y2K crisis, hawks some books and videos about it, and seems to have a
Christian religious bias (a belief system which leads some to expect millennial disaster, predisposing
them to think Y2K will be cataclysmic).
- Heritage Farms 2000 is a proposed
self-sufficient development for people trying to escape a possible collapse of civilization
due to the millennium bug.
- Free2000 predicts a major catastrophe in the year 2000,
and is selling survivalist stuff like food reserves to people panicked by this.
- Surviving Y2K is a site run by the Y2K SIG,
a special interest group of American Mensa. (Like all SIGS in Mensa, this site speaks only
for the particular SIG's leaders, not for Mensa, which has no opinions.)
- Y2K Links on the Sam Andy Foods
site, which is trying to sell survival food for a possible Y2K apocalypse.
- Story of a "year-00-related" computer failure
- Y2K Problem with some versions of FormMail script
The Millennium Party
This page was first created 30 Aug 1998, and was last modified 01 Jan 2000.
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