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"Despite the startling evidence of systems which fail even the most casual of Y2K tests, despite the obvious reality of the deadline, despite a glaring dependence on computers to perform the most basic of business functions, and despite our proven track record for less than timely delivery of computer projects... despite all of this, there are still those who claim the problem either doesn't exist, or is trivial."

--- Peter de Jager, "Financial Community leads the Y2K Race", The Wall Street Journal, September 24th, 1998

"The only state political representative at the event took the greatest heat. During the question and answer session following his presentation, Mike Hale, the Georgia State CIO was asked sharply, 'When are YOU going to have the video tapes of this event televised on Georgia public Television?' Before Mr. Hale could answer, applause began rippling through the crowd. As it grew in intensity, people came to their feet. In just a moment, the entire crowd of three thousand was standing, clapping like crazy, raising their fists in the air and roaring. The display continued for many, long moments. It was easily the most intense moment of the entire conference. Mr. Hale graciously commented that the message was received loud and clear and that he would carry it to his superiors. What transpired in that brief moment was immensely important because it so clearly made the point that those who are concerned about Y2K are, quite frankly, thoroughly upset with their government's response to the issue."

--- Jim Lord, Atlanta Holds Largest Y2K Awareness Event, Monday, September 28, 1998

"So what are we all to do? If you've been working on alternative models or sustainable agriculture... you seize the moment. When the dollar goes bust, when the national food distribution network disintegrates, what choice will we have but to turn to urban gardeners and solar boosters? For many community organizers around the country, the millennium bug is an opportunity to promote a more sustainable vision for the future. Y2K's the best angle they've had in decades, and by God, they'd be fools not to play it."

"When Y2K Armageddon Arrives, Berkeley Activists Will Be Ready", Express, September 18, 1998

"I have a standing answer for any public official who says he doesn't have a Y2K problem: show me your report. Until you methodically inventory your systems, it's meaningless to make any claims about Y2K. This is hard work, and it's absolutely essential. Any community whose officials are not performing this analysis, and who are not regularly reporting on their progress, could be in serious trouble."

--- Steve Davis, Montgomery County, Maryland's Budget Manager, as quoted in "All Together Now: The 'Y2K Neighborhood' takes on the 'Millennium Computer Bomb'", by Larry Shook

Nancy Schaub... says the challenge of the Millennium Bug reminds her of one her passions: whitewater rafting. An accomplished boatwoman, every summer Schaub leads friends on adventures down the Northwest's great waterways.

"You never run a technical and potentially dangerous rapid without first scouting it," explains Schaub, a youthful and athletic mother of three grown children. "You get out of the boat and look for a high place where you can study the river. Before you commit yourself, you have to see the 'line,' your way through. I see many parallels with Y2K. In addressing a rapid, the most critical time is the setup, and you must have ample time for that. If you enter the rapid a little too far to the right or left, you'll never find the right way through. I like the opportunity right now, with Y2K 16 months out, to be thinking. I'm scouting the problem. I'm preparing myself psychically, emotionally, spiritually, and I'm actually physically preparing my environment, my relations in the neighborhood, etc. This is the setup time. If we use it to gather the food and equipment we need, create the right plans with our neighbors, we'll enter this period of disturbance, which is just like big whitewater, in the best possible way -- we've already seen a way through -- and that gives us the best prospects for coming out the end."

--- Nancy Schaub, a Spokane philanthropist who is helping launch a Y2K neighborhood project, as quoted in "All Together Now: The 'Y2K Neighborhood' takes on the 'Millennium Computer Bomb'", by Larry Shook

"Peter DeJager, the godfather of Y2K, opined that the Year 2000 computer problem has been the first truly Internet-driven issue. Were it not for the availability of the Internet, understanding of the issues, development of solutions, industry communication, and the ability of consumers and suppliers alike to interact on the issue would not exist."

--- Rick Cowles, Assessment of NERC Report, September 23, 1998

"The NERC report acknowledges that the pace of industry Y2K programs must be accelerated dramatically. Yet, this acknowledgement is buried beneath a mountain of hopeful words that are not supported by the statistical and empirical evidence. This inevitably leads to the conclusion that the data collected during the course of NERC's survey was potentially skewed by: The perceived necessity of presenting a situation under control; incomplete or bad data (the GIGO philosophy). Of perhaps most concern is the possibility that this report will diminish some of the urgency that (finally) exists in the electric industry, and that a complacent sense of well being will again emerge."

--- Rick Cowles, Assessment of NERC Report, September 23, 1998

"Some Y2K observers view DOE (Department of Energy) reliance on reporting by an industry funded and staffed organization, such as NERC, as inappropriate. Unaudited performance monitoring of a highly critical industry, by the industry itself, could be perceived as tantamount to having the fox reporting on conditions inside the henhouse."

--- Rick Cowles, Assessment of NERC Report, September 23, 1998

According to March, 1998 Edison Electric Institute statistics, there are 7,819 individual companies that transmit, distribute, generate, or market electricity, Standish Group Study

"What I find fascinating about the academically erudite discussions is the prediction that groups hitherto on the fringe -- religious, survivalist, UFO believers, etc.-- will increasingly come to use Y2K problems as evidence of the fact that their predictions are about to come to pass.So just when you thought it was safe to view Y2K as confined to the coldly emotionless world of computers and business, there's a completely new dimension lurking just around the corner. Cue Rod Serling and the theme from 'The Twilight Zone.'"

--- David Eddy, Westergaard 2000 Columnist, "Millennium Cafe", September 23, 1998

"If your year 2000 program is all manual remediation, the probable error rate is one error for every 1000 lines of code (LOC). If you are using automatic tools, that error rate falls to one error for every 10,000 LOC. That means the best case scenario for a company with 10,000,000 LOC is for 1,000 defects that have gone undetected..."

--- Don Estes, 2000 Technologies Corporation, "Texas Year 2000 Workshop", Houston, Texas on August 10, 1998

"We used to believe that people faced with great danger would panic and therefore warnings should be withheld until the last minute. But a study of three decades of disasters by the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware concluded that this thinking is a myth. The reality is, 'Information about danger should be disseminated -- not withheld because of fear that people will panic. They will not.' Panic is more likely when information only becomes widespread at the last minute."

--- Victor Porlier, Westergaard 2000 Columnist, "Y2K & Local Disaster Recovery Plans",September 16, 1998

"Those who want to hush the problem are having three effects: first, they are preventing a more rigorous investigation of the extent of the problem; second, they are slowing down the awareness of the urgency of solutions; third, they are making almost certain a higher degree of ultimate panic, in anger, under conditions of shock."

--- Dr. Douglass Carmichael, "Year 2000: who will do what and when will they do it?", July 23, 1998

"Based on current projections, more than one-third of the government's mission-critical systems will not be ready on time."

--- Rep. Steve Horn (R-Calif.), Co-Chairman of the House Y2K Taskforce, "Is 2000 a budget victim?", Government News, Monday, September 21, 1998

 

"Because the millennium-bug problem is so trivial, senior managers have found it hard to take seriously, and politicians have found it even harder. Only two heads of government have given speeches on the subject: Britain's Tony Blair (with a sure instinct for a gap in the world market for leadership), and, more recently, Bill Clinton. The Group of Eight top industrial countries and the European heads of government both stitched a few lines on the millennium bug into communiqus earlier this year. But for most politicians, the issue is barely on the radar.

"That will change. Officials in the foreign ministries of the world's richest countries have begun to worry seriously about the way the millennium bug might affect weaponry and nuclear-power stations in the former Soviet countries and the developing world, where key countries seem to have done almost nothing to prepare. Even in the rich world, governments are torn between the need to create a sense of urgency and the fear of whipping up public hysteria.

"Central bankers were quicker off the mark. "The Year 2000 is potentially the biggest challenge ever faced by the financial industry," pronounced the Bank for International Settlements, the central bankers' bank, earlier this year. William McDonough, president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, thinks the problem is "potentially a survival issue for firms or even markets"...

"The greatest worry about the Year 2000 problem, this survey will argue, may be neither its direct effect on economic growth nor, probably, its potential impact on human welfare. Rather, it may be the extra uncertainty it will create just at the moment when the world economy is already becoming increasingly fragile, with confidence shaken by events in Asia and Russia, and weakened by the faltering of America's long boom."

--- "Time Runs Out", The Economist, Saturday, September 19, 1998

"It appears to be common practice in financial institutions, in Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, for the testing of code to be disregarded altogether. Potentially faulty software code is being put back into production as soon as possible.'It's incredible, it's frightening. These are major financial institutions. I know it is happening in other banks in England, but then you hear some of the stories from New Zealand about what is not being made public.' Many institutions are finding that testing code is a time-consuming step they had not counted on, he says.

"The testing is a huge part of Y2K -- probably 65 per cent of the project is testing -- and the worrying thing is they don't know how to adequately test the code. You can get as near as dammit, but we won't really know until the Year 2000."

--- Daniel Jackson, Senior Year 2000 Project Manager, "Poor Management Mars Y2K Projects", ZInfoTechWeekly, New Zealand, September 14, 1998

"I have some disturbing news to report this moring. In order to prepare for today's hearing, I directed Committee staff to conduct a formal survey. The survey was of modest proportions including only ten of the largest electric, oil, and gas utility firms in the U.S. I wanted to know the status of their Y2K preparedness. While the survey is not statistically representative of the entire industry, it does include geographically dispersed firms engaged in all aspects of power generation, and gas and electricity transmission and distribution.

"I had anticipated that I would be able to provide a positive report on the Y2K status of these public utilities. Instead, based on the results of this survey, I am genuinely concerned about the prospects of power shortages as a consequence of the millennial date change.

"Let me share a few of the survey findings: Only 20 percent of the firms surveyed had completed an assessment of their automated systems. One firm did not even know how many lines of computer code it had. Experts have testified before my banking subcommittee that any major firm that has not already completed its assessment, can not hope to become Y2K compliant by January 1, 2000.

"None of the utilities surveyed were assured after making inquiries that their suppliers, venders, and servicers would be Y2K compliant. Utilities are highly dependent on servicers, suppliers, and other upstream activities to transmit, and distribute gas and electricity. In fact, many power distribution companies are ultimately dependent on foreign oil imports.

"None of the firms surveyed had completed contingency plans for Y2K related eventualities. Even though all of these firms are required by their regulators to maintain emergency response plans, none had completed a Y2K contingency plan. My concern is that they probably don't know what contingencies to prepare for.

--- Senator Bob Bennett, Chairman, Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem, Washington, D.C., Hearing to Discuss Chances The Millennium Bug Will Cause The Nation's Power Grid to Fail, June 12, 1998

"Industrial civilization is like a car speeding towards the brink. With Y2K, it runs out of gas, rolls to a stop, and we have to get out and look around."

--- Tom Atlee

"It is now generally accepted that no one can predict with certainty, the geographic extent, duration, or intensity of the social and economic turbulence that Y2K will trigger.The lack of accurate, timely, and honest progress reporting from both businesses and governments around the globe will continue to feed this uncertainty. Uncertainty can generate fear. Fear can generate panic. Panic can create chaos."

--- Victor Porlier, "The Growing Uncertainty & State Y2K Websites", September 2, 1998

"I would like to tell you that our hard work -- and the efforts of hundreds of Y2K-focused consulting firms around the world -- has pretty much worked, and that long before we hit the Y2K wall less than two years from now, the problems will be pretty much solved. I would like to tell you that -- but it would be a lie..."

"I find that many, many firms, including some surprisingly large ones, have continued to drag their feet on fixing Y2K-related computing infrastructure problems and now won't possibly be ready to avoid disastrous problems come that cold January morning. For one thing, virtually everyone competent in the Y2K analysis-and-fixes business is already fully booked through January 1, 2000, and beyond. Companies with Y2K problems now often cannot find people to work on those problems. Not just enough people, but any people..."

"The Y2K business... is full of misinformation, hype, fear mongering, and exaggeration. Certainly some of that is crass, self-promoting hype by such entities as consulting and programming shops, which stand to benefit from spreading fear about Y2K meltdowns. But a tragic if understandable backlash has begun against Y2K warnings that is ultimately even more destructive: the claim that Y2K is a myth, a nonissue that will go away if the loudmouths will just shut up. It will not. It is real. I believe Y2K will be the single biggest business crisis many of us will face in our lifetimes..."

"I've avoided writing a Y2K Fears column until now because I find it unseemly to be associated with the sky-is-falling types. I've been confident that American business, indeed global business, would address this problem early, aggressively, effectively. I was wrong. They didn't. We didn't."

-- Jim Seymour, "The Hidden Side(s) of Y2K", PC Magazine, February 10, 1998

"I have been following Y2K closely now since April, 1997, and I will give you a one sentence summary of what I believe: Y2K at best will cause intermittent interruptions of goods and services followed by a recession, and at worst will bring much of the world economy to a virtual halt, with failures at every level, including government, banking, shipping, and utilities, resulting in tremendous hardship for most Americans.Think of it as an earthquake that will take place everywhere at once. We are certain it will happen; we are uncertain of its magnitude."

--- Scott Olmsted, "Got Your Y2K Insurance Yet?"

"The biggest problems and opportunities with the Y2K bug are not going to be food storage, debugging code, or power outages, but how people react to the situation: how we treat each other; how much we help each other through this; what kind of creative, appropriate responses we meet the challenge with will determine whether we build and bring together our local communities or whether things degenerate into mob rule. Getting the word out now is the key."

--- P. Michael Connolly, WizCity , member of the wild2k network of Y2K sister sites

"The alarmists might be Chicken Littles, true. But maybe the reassurances we hear are like those issued by the people in charge of the Titanic, so complacent in their belief that their ship was unsinkable. Sometimes, history shows, the sky does fall.

"My broker says he always bets against extreme scenarios. I respond that had Jews in Germany in the 1930s debated how much a menace Hitler was, anyone who proposed the scenario that actually unfolded would've been dismissed as way beyond extreme.

"Uncertainty seems an appropriate stance here. It appears that we have built a technological civilization of such complexity that even brilliant people cannot compute with certainty just how all the hidden loci of the Y2K bug, and all the dense links of interconnectedness, will play out when the clock strikes midnight. How much of our great global carriage will turn into a pumpkin? Who knows?

"In the face of ambiguity, as in a Rorschach test, we humans manifest much that warrants our exploring in depth. And, as one who lacks the means to decide between the competing views of the predictors, and who seeks to understand humankind, this is what gives Y2K its special relish: that it seems uncertain whether the human folly here is the catastrophism of the alarmists or the denial of the business-as-usual types.

"With that uncertainty, I'd say let's hold both possibilities in our minds and see what we can learn about ourselves, with our capacity and impulse both to imagine nightmares that are not there and to deny painful realities until they engulf us."

--- Andrew Bard Schmookler, 7/27/98, Christian Science Monitor

Ed Meagher has co-hosted an hour-long talk show on an all business news radio station, WWRC, in Washington, D.C. for the last two years called "The Y2K Advisor" with Tony Keyes. According to Meager, they have interviewed over three hundred movers and shakers, thinkers and critics, technicians and managers involved in the Y2K problem/solution. He believes he and his co-host have the broadest perspective over the greatest period of time of anyone involved in the Y2K issue. Recently, for the sake of being fair and opened minded, Meagher went back over all the stories, interviews and research that they have conducted to fairly evaluate where the Y2K situation is today (8/18/98). After graphically describing all the details involved in making computer systems Y2K compliant, Meagher concludes with these chilling words:

"Having come through the excruciatingly painful and drawn out awareness raising period we now have reached a point where senior management is being forced to acknowledge that a Y2K problem exists. They are lining up along with key government bureaucrats to state unequivocally that they are on schedule, that everything is going to be fine, and that there is absolutely nothing to worry about. When questioned they revert to name calling such as 'fear mongers,' 'panic merchants,' and, worst of all, 'profit seekers' to discredit their challengers. The message is clear, 'Don't worry, be happy.' Sadly, that is exactly what we want to be told. We want to be reassured that something as trivial as dates in a computer can be fixed quickly. We do not want to confront the frightening truth that we have let computers become essential to our well being, our safety, our health, our very way of life... There is not one shred of evidence, or one success story, that should give anyone the idea that all will be well."

--- Ed Meagher, "The Dangerous Place"

"Let's stop pretending that Y2K isn't a major threat to our way of life. There is too much at stake for uninformed wishful thinking. Perhaps, the time has come to act as though we are preparing for war. This may seem extreme and unnecessary. However, if we prepare for the plausible worst-case Y2K scenarios, then perhaps we can avoid at least some of them."

--- Edward Yardeni, August 18, 1998, The Australian, "RBA prepares to print a mint for Y2K rush on cash"

"If anyone is going to be sweating come January 1, 2000, it'll be the people in charge of repairing the government's computer systems. Many machines won't make it. Bureaucrats don't have the same fix-or-go-out-of-business market incentives to update their systems as the private sector. They don't have stock options or stellar salaries to offer programmers. They also don't have the same legal incentives: state governments have already begun to immunize themselves from Y2K lawsuits. Much more than the private sector, the Feds are singularly inept at Y2K fixes."

--- Declan McCullagh, August 17, 1998, The Netly News, "Federal Government is Making Y2K Worse"

"Time's running out and we need fix what we can to soften the collapse... there will be problems, some can be fixed; some code will work; most code will fail. Hard times are coming but you have a heads up. Make the most of the time we have left.Fix the code, design backups and backouts. Have lots and lots of DASD, MIPS, and full slots in your SILO's and Big Birds. Be in a position to take care of yours and a couple others and maybe, maybe we'll get through this... If not, I'll see you in Geek Valhalla, where the mead is hot, there's a dressed boar roasting over the roaring lodge fire, an icy north wind howling outside, but the laughter of the wenches drowns it out, and a 370/195 is running LSPS MVT."

--- Cory Hamasaki, August 3, 1998, "Cory Hamasaki's DC Y2K Weather Report V2, # 32"

"The Internet will play two critical roles in the history of Y2K. First, during the period leading up to the great date roll-over, the Internet will be the most effective way to provide information about how to prepare for the Year 2000 Crisis. Preparing for Y2K cannot be done effectively without being on the Internet because that's where the valuable data are.

"Secondly, both before and after the peak of the crisis, the Internet will be the cure for many of those old Y2K infected systems. We won't get all of them fixed before January 2000; that will take several years. For many companies, the only path to survival will be to convert those old systems to Internet based technologies. Some will not make it but many will and it will help to change the world in ways we can hardly imagine."

--- Jim Lord, August 3, 1998, "What Are the Positive Aspects of Y2K?"

"I'm encouraging people at the top of the agencies to keep probing. You have to overcome the great disincentive to candor. In the private sector, the SEC has required disclosure, which is important, but companies aren't anxious to say they could be in deep trouble and go out of business, and watch their stock fall. In any large organization, nobody wants to go to the CEO and say, Our part of the enterprise isn't doing so well, and we could sink this operation. It's important to establish an atmosphere where somebody can say, 'We're going to have a problem.' Anybody can build a contingency plan around a problem they know about in advance. It's harder to do that at the last minute."

--- John Koskinen, Chair of the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion, "Interview with the Czar"

"How can every institution that depends on a mainframe computer run the tests? Testing requires a second computer or simultaneous use of the original computer. There is no such excess mainframe capacity available. The computers are too expensive to run on any basis other than 90% capacity, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Conclusion: the tests cannot be performed even if the banks make the deadline. But nobody with any authority talks about this."

--- Gary North, 5/17/97, Regulators Are Quietly Beginning to Panic

"I am regarded as an apocalyptic fanatic. Why? Because I have this odd theory: Until at least ONE Fortune 500 level corporation and ONE government above the county level announces, "We are Year 2000-compliant; all of our programmers are now working on routine maintenance," the Year 2000 Problem is not going to be solved. I am unaware of a single y2k-compliant organization anywhere on earth with over 20 million lines of code in its mainframe computer system. Citicorp has 400 million lines; AT&T has 500 million lines. General Motors has two billion. Yet this Web site is regarded as extreme by its critics."

--- Gary North, Main Categories Page

"What really gets your attention about this Y2K thing is how many 'experts' are rushing to assure us there is no reason to panic. I always panic when the experts say that. Especially since I keep hearing rumors to the contrary."

--- Judy Muller, 8/6/98, ABC News Online

"May Y2K be a non-event."

--- Rick Cowles, Welcome Message, The EUY2K Discussion Group

"The Y2K problem is now a well-known bug -- the one demon in the bag of popular millennial nightmares that is based not on Nostradamus or other mythic Apocrypha, but on hard science."

--- Fred Kaplan, The Boston Globe, 6/21/98

"If we built houses the way we build software, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization."

--- Deputy Defense Secretary John J. Hamre testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in June of 1998. The Boston Globe, 6/21/98

"The Millennial sun will first rise over human civilization in the independent republic of Kiribati, a group of some thirty low-lying coral islands in the Pacific Ocean that straddle the equator and the International Date Line, halfway between Hawaii and Australia. This long-awaited sunrise marks the dawn of the year 2000, and quite possibly, the onset of unheralded disruptions in life as we know it in many parts of the globe. Kiribati's 81,000 Micronesians may observe nothing different about this dawn; they only received TV in 1989. However, for those who live in a world that relies on satellites, air, rail and ground transportation, manufacturing plants, electricity, heat, telephones, or TV, when the calendar clicks from '99 to '00, we will experience a true millennial shift. As the sun moves westward on January 1, 2000, as the date shifts silently within millions of computerized systems, we will begin to experience our computer-dependent world in an entirely new way. We will finally see the extent of the networked and interdependent processes we have created. At the stroke of midnight, the new millennium heralds the greatest challenge to modern society we have yet to face as a planetary community. Whether we experience this as chaos or social transformation will be influenced by what we do immediately."

--- From "The Year 2000: Social Chaos or Social Transformation?", by John L. Petersen, Margaret Wheatley, Myron Kellner-Rogers

"Most of the world is looking forward to the countdown to January 1, 2000, with great anticipation. Extraordinary millennium parties in exotic locales around the world -- the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Bora Bora near the International Date Line, and, of course, Times Square, New York City -- have been planned and booked at very high cost for a decade. A small minority of people, however, those less blissfully ignorant, many of whom are here today, will watch the countdown with great trepidation. They view the event as a cause for great concern rather than joyous celebration. They will be thinking not of fireworks booming and champagne corks popping, but rather computer systems crashing, manufacturing plants grinding to a halt, air traffic control systems and public utilities failing."

--- Bradley Belt, June 2, 1998, The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

"If today were December 31, 1999, and our systems were in the current state they are in today, tomorrow our economy worldwide would stop. It wouldn't grind to a halt. It would snap to a halt. You would not have dial tone tomorrow if tomorrow were January 1st, year 2000. You would not have air travel. You would not have Federal Express. You would not have the Postal Service. You would not have water. You would not have power. Because the systems are broken."

--- Peter de Jager, author, "Managing 00: Surviving the Year 2000 Computing Crisis", June 2, 1998, The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

"The year 2000 problem is a global problem. One of the things we've heard said here today, which is spoken a lot in the media, is that the United States is ahead of the rest of the world. Correct. But also it's more dependent on technology than the rest of the world. So while we are ahead in awareness, the effects will be more pronounced here than anywhere else, in any country. Some Third World countries won't even notice it. Other Third World countries, because they use hand-me-down computers from the West, will come to a grinding halt."

"...there could be famine in the United States in 2000. And like most of you here I thought rubbish, rubbish, until we started looking at the infrastructure and started the wildfire scenarios on what if.

"And looking at New York and California, I walk into a supermarket and I get lettuce, fresh vegetables, any day of the year. Seven days ago they were in a field in California. Now they're in a supermarket just outside New York. We know the switches on the railroads are faulty. We know because of mergers, even today, many of the major corporations in the railroad business don't know where the railway stop is.

"When you move this way through, come 2000 you could have a scenario -- and when you look at this, it's the Soviet Union in the '80s -- where there's plentiful supply of food in the fields, but you can't get it from the fields to the towns to feed the population. This is not a way-out, whacko scenario. This is for real."

--- Alan Simpson, President, Communications Links, June 2, 1998, The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

"I'm not a doomsdayer, and I'm not talking about the end of life on the planet Earth. But I agree with what has been said so far. If we continue to pretend there isn't a problem coming, doomsday scenarios are conceivable, and we have to stop that. We have to make sure there isn't panic. We have to tell the public, you know, some things you depend on may simply not work.

"There are no contingency plans, by the way, for IT failure. You can't go back and do things manually or by paper... So the contingency plan is to prepare people for the fact that certain products, services and information that they really need aren't going to be available. You're going to have to conduct your business, your life, without some things for a while.

"And what we have to do is we have to do two things. We have to operate on two levels. One is we have to make it the number one priority, stop everything else, and fix the problem. And, two, we have to prepare for the fact that we're not going to completely fix it. There are going to be failures, and we have to be able to reconstruct as quickly as possible. We have to minimize the panic because the panic will make the crisis much worse than otherwise it needs to be."

--- Dr. Edward Yardeni, Chief Economist, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, June 2, 1998, The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

 

"There is no problem with PCs and with packaged software."

--- Bill Gates, Business World Online Roundtable, March 20, 1998. This quote made Gates the monthly winner for the Duh-2000 "stupidest thing said about the Year 2000 problem" contest. To find out more about the Y2K problems that PCs with packaged software AREN'T supposed to experience, check out www.microsoft.com/year2000

 

 

  


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