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
Y2K Articles I Wrote & Published
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": A PDF file. You will need the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader. ( www.nascom.com/PDF/T9709001.pdf )
Computer & Software Companies
Microsoft Y2K Site: A second Microsoft site. (www.microsoft.com/technet/topics/year2k/default.htm)
Analysts & Media
Capers 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)
Jeff 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 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.]
Yardeni: 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 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/)
British 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)
Computer 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/ )
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/)
Society 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/ )
National 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)
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/)
and Mail (Toronto)
the Hurry?": In this letter to the editor, the reader advises the paper that one of their systems isn't compliant.
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": Discusses ISG Technologies, a Canadian Medical-Imaging software company, their confidence, their search and icebergs. (www.profitguide.com/profitmagazine/stories.asp?ID=113)
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 )
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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