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The Year 2000 Problem
Y2K: The Year 2000 Problem

Y2K was a big topic of the day. I first worked on Y2K in 1985. I gave my first Y2K speech in 1995. In 1998 and 1999, Y2K accounted for about 50% of the speeches I gave.

First, I spoke about Y2K to information technology professionals. I spoke about what it was, how and why we got there, how to diagnose it in computer systems, how to fix it, how to test it and how to manage that process.

Then, I spoke on Y2K primarily to "civilians": what it was, how and why we got there, how we were doing, what progress we were making, and not making, and what it meant to "average people".

This page provides links to sites around the internet that I have found with useful information on the Year 2000 Problem.


Now that we have dealt with this issue and moved forward, I won't be adding too much to this page. But I'll be keeping it around a while as a reference.


On My Site

VCRs and Y2KVCRs and Y2K: VCRs have a Y2K problem. But, you don't need a new VCR. You can fix it all by yourself.  (VCR)


Y2K Humor

Millennial Year Application Software SystemMillennia Year Application Software System: Do I have to spell it out?  (Y2KMyAss)

Y Zero KTwo Digits for a Date: More Y2K Humor. Sung to the tune of "Gilligan's Island". (Y2KGilligan)

Y to KY to K: Confused about the Y2K problem? So was this person. (YtoK)

Y Zero KY Zero K: Before the Y2K problem . . . (Y0K)


Y2K Articles I Wrote & Published

Technical Support  (Aug.1997), "Testing, Testing, 1-2-3:  The Critical Step in Year 2000 Conversion Projects --- Part I"Technical Support (Aug.1997) , "Testing, Testing, 1-2-3:  The Critical Step in Year 2000 Conversion Projects Part I": A PDF file. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader. ( www.nascom.com/PDF/T9708003.pdf )

Technical Support  (Sep.1997), "Testing, Testing, 1-2-3:  The Critical Step in Year 2000 Conversion Projects --- Part II"Technical Support (Sep.1997) , "Testing, Testing, 1-2-3:  The Critical Step in Year 2000 Conversion Projects Part II": A PDF file. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader.   ( www.nascom.com/PDF/T9709001.pdf )


Government Sites

European Commission Information Society Project Office (ISPO) Y2KEuropean Commission Information Society Project Office (ISPO) Y2K   (www.ispo.cec.be/y2keuro/year2000)

Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA)Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): Primarily a public relations site. (http://www.faay2k.com)

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation  (FDIC)Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)   (www.fdic.gov/about/y2k/)

Federal Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA)Federal emergency Management Agency (FeMA)  (www.fema.gov/y2k/)

Federal Financial Institutions Examination CouncilFederal Financial Institutions examination Council   (www.ffiec.gov/y2k/)

Federal Reserve BoardFederal Reserve Board:  One of the best and most extensive of all the U. S. government sites. (www.bog.frb.fed.us/y2k/)

Senate Committee on the Y2K Technology ProblemSenate Committee on the Y2K Technology Problem   (www.senate.gov/~y2k/)

State Department Y2K SiteState Department Y2K Site: Note particularly the "public notice" of the worldwide impact. (travel.state.gov/y2kca.html)


Computer & Software Companies

Apple Y2K SiteApple Y2K Site (www.apple.com/about/year2000/)

Dell Y2K Site Dell Y2K Site  (www.dell.com/year2000/index.htm)

Gateway Y2K SiteGateway Y2K Site (www.gateway.com/about/y2k/index.shtml)

Hewlett Packard Y2K SiteHewlett Packard Y2K Site  (www.hp.com/year2000/index.html)

IBM Y2K SiteIBM Y2K Site  (www.ibm.com/IBM/year2000/)

Microsoft Y2K SiteMicrosoft Y2K Site  ( www.microsoft.com/y2k/ )

Microsoft Y2K SiteMicrosoft Y2K Site: A second Microsoft site.  (www.microsoft.com/technet/topics/year2k/default.htm)

Novell Y2K SiteNovell Y2K Site (www.novell.com/year2000/)

Packard Bell Y2K SitePackard Bell Y2K Site (support.packardbell.com/year2000/default.asp)

Sun Microsystems Y2K SiteSun Microsystems Y2K Site (www.sun.com/y2000/;$sessionid$0II1NJIACY3THAMUVFZe4GUBSSUXeUDO)

UNISYS Y2K SiteUNISYS Y2K Site (www.corp.unisys.com/Unisys/y2k.NSF)


Analysts & Media

CNet's Y2K SiteCNet's Y2K Site (www.news.com/Categories/Index/0,3,87,00.html)

ComLinksComLinks: Alan's Simpson's Y2K site for the media.  (www.comlinks.com)

Capers Jones' Article on the Costs and Consequences of the Year 2000 ProblemCapers Jones' Article on the Costs and Consequences of the Year 2000 Problem: An early article, but still highly relevant. Sixty-nine pages of detailed information.   (www.spr.com/html/year_2000_problem.htm)

New York Times Y2KNew York Times Y2K  (www.nytimes.com/library/tech/reference/millennium-index.html)

Jeff Rense Y2K Resource CenterJeff Rense Y2K Resource Center: Jeff Rense hosts a radio show called Sightings. This is his website's section for Y2K. He also has Y2K articles in his archives.  (www.sightings.com/y2kresource/y2k1r.html)

Robert J. Sandler's Year 2000 FAQRobert J. Sandler's Year 2000 FAQ: Originally created by John Moffitt and most recently edited and maintained by Robert J. Sandler (Version 2.3 of 05.May.1998 seems to be the latest), this is a long text document and an excellent backgrounder. ( this document was previously available at ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/rsandler/Y2KFAQ.htm; however that link no longer functions.) ( www.year2000.com/pub/year2000/y2kfaq.txt.]

TIME Digital's Y2K CentralTIMe Digital's Y2K Central (cgi.pathfinder.com/time/digital/y2k/index.html)

Westergaard Year 2000Westergaard Year 2000: Be prepared for a slightly alarmist tone.  (www.y2ktimebomb.com)

ZDnet's Y2K SiteZDnet's Y2K Site (www.zdy2k.com)

Y2K News MagazineY2K News Magazine: extensive news archive site with thousands of articles from all over the net. (www.y2knews.com)

YardeniYardeni: Dr. Ed Yardeni is the the Chief economist and Global Investment Strategist of Deutsche Bank Securities in New York. This site isn't restricted to Y2K. But it has extensive Y2K information, including his current estimates of the possibility of a recession and an email list you can join. (www.yardeni.com)

Year 2000 Information CenterYear 2000 Information Center: One of the premier Y2K websites. This is Peter de Jager's site. In addition to some of the best information on the web, it also offers one of the best (high-volume) Y2K discussion groups. A free trial is available for 30 days. A one year subscription to the group costs $50.00. In my opinion, everyone professionally involved in Y2K should subscribe to their list. (www.year2000.com/)


Organization Sites

British Institution of Electrical Engineers Y2K SiteBritish Institution of electrical engineers Y2K Site: Particular emphasis on embedded chips. The information is excellent. But, this is not a light read. These are electrical engineers addressing a complex problem. (www.iee.org.uk/2000risk/w-50.htm)

Cassandra ProjectCassandra Project: A "grassroots" public awareness effort. (millennia-bcs.com/casframe.htm)

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) Y2K Working GroupComputer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) Y2K Working Group: Includes access to a listserv discussion group, the Y2K Forum, moderated by Norman Kurland. ( www.cpsr.org/program/y2k/ )

Federal Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA)Information Technology Association of America  Y2K Home Page (ITAA): An industry trade organization. They have a good Y2K Newsletter (Outlook).  It is available on the web and you can also sign up to get it via email. (www.itaa.org/year2000/)

Napa ValleyNapa Valley: A "local" Y2K page for Napa Valley. I've included it primarily because of (a) my interest in Napa Valley and (b) as an example of such local sites.  (www.y2knapa.com/)

Red Cross Y2K SiteRed Cross Y2K Site: Information and suggestions for the average citizen. ( www.redcross.org/disaster/safety/y2k.html )

Society for Information Management (SIM) Year 2000 Working GroupSociety for Information Management (SIM) Year 2000 Working Group: Co-chaired by Leon Kappelman and hosted by the University of North Texas, in Denton.   ( www.year2000.unt.edu/ )


Personal Sites

Ed Yourdoned Yourdon: A noted computer and technology author, he has recently written and spoken on Y2K.  (www.yourdon.com)


Testing

National Software Testing Laboratories Y2K SiteNational Software Testing Laboratories Y2K Site: Free downloadable software to assess the Y2K-readiness of your PC BIOS. (Important:   this tests only the BIOS. Your operating system, application programs, macros and all other components must be tested separately.)  (www.nstl.com/html/nstl_ymark2000.html)


Articles

May 1999

Salon.com  (18.May), "The Real Y2K Bug"Salon.com  (18.May) , "The Real Y2K Bug": Forget your computer -- worry about the wacko down the street. Dr. Paul Saffo, Director of the Institute for the Future writes in this article in the Technology section of Salon.com. He examines some of the hype, hyperbole and hysteria as well as a couple schemes and scams. (www.salonmagazine.com/tech/feature/1999/05/18/real_y2k/)

Feb 1999

Globe and Mail (Toronto)  (20.Feb), "What's the Hurry?"Globe and Mail (Toronto)  (20.Feb) , "What's the Hurry?": In this letter to the editor, the reader advises the paper that one of their systems isn't compliant. 
[unfortunately, this article is no longer available on the web]
(www.globeandmail.ca/gam/Letters/19990220/SALeTS-5.html)

Environment News Service  (10.Feb), "85% Energy Department Critical Systems OK for Y2K"environment News Service (10.Feb), "85% energy Department Critical Systems OK for Y2K"  (ens.lycos.com/ens/feb99/1e999L-02-10-03.html)

Profit Magazine, "Bug Hunt"Profit Magazine, "Bug Hunt": Discusses ISG Technologies, a Canadian Medical-Imaging software company, their confidence, their search and icebergs. (www.profitguide.com/profitmagazine/stories.asp?ID=113)

Wired  (13.Feb), "AOL Playing Catch-up with Y2K"Wired (13.Feb), "AOL Playing Catch-up with Y2K": Seems like everyone is finding out that (a) they aren't compliant and (b) they are out of time. (www.wired.com/news/news/business/story/17911.html)

Sep 1999

Technical Support  (Sep.1997), "Testing, Testing, 1-2-3:  The Critical Step in Year 2000 Conversion Projects --- Part II"Technical Support (Sep.1997), "Testing, Testing, 1-2-3:  The Critical Step in Year 2000 Conversion Projects Part II": A PDF file. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader.  ( www.nascom.com/PDF/T9709001.pdf )

Aug 1998

Technical Support  (Aug.1997), "Testing, Testing, 1-2-3:  The Critical Step in Year 2000 Conversion Projects --- Part I"Technical Support (Aug.1997), "Testing, Testing, 1-2-3:  The Critical Step in Year 2000 Conversion Projects Part I": A PDF file. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader. ( www.nascom.com/PDF/T9708003.pdf )

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