Remembering Y2K from today's eyes.

Remembering Y2K from today's eyes.

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    Question Remembering Y2K from today's eyes.

    Last night as I was falling asleep watching another year start, my mind wandered to Y2K...

    So the questions are this:
    What did you do to prepare that you now look back at and have a good chuckle?

    What did you start doing because of what Y2K was hyped up to be, and continue now because you see it as a good habit?

    Personally I don't have anything to add. I was living with my folks, and didn't see any reason to panic.


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    I was not a beleiver until our main IT guy got an emergency diesel rigged to his house and got an emergency food supply.

    My company spent over 12 million on upgrades to insure that it didn't happen. The Operations Dept was ready to shut down the reactors at a moments notice. Most of the maintenance dept was on staff just in case.

    I got some extra food, I was pretty well off in every thing else.

    That was about it.
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    I have no Y2K tales personally, but a friends father ran a Farm and Ranch Store. During early 1998 he noticed the generator/ APU sales were increasing sharply on a month over month basis. Putting two and two together, he made each customer sign an agreement that the APU's were not "returnable" except for warranty reasons. Despite the grumblings, he sold a bazillion's worth of APU's over a two year period.

    On January 2 he had nary a return. Smart man. Otherwise it might have bankrupted him.

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    I was a vehement Y2K skeptic starting from the first time I heard of the supposed problem (around '96?). I had some experience programming computers and couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. Nobody could explain it, but everybody was talking about it. Some people bought canned food. I considered it a hoax.

    I forget... were there ever any actual problems resulting from 'Y2K'?

    I might be the only person to have a problem, coincidentally, on New Years Eve, Y2K. I went to an ATM to get cash for the night and the machine kept my money. It made a withdrawal from my account, but didn't actually spit out any money. I had to get it refunded later (when they refilled/counted the ATM). I doubt that was Y2K-related.

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    I had a woodstove, plenty of wood, and a pool in the back yard with 22,000 gallons of water. Today, I don't have any of those things. I should consider a large generator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stanislaskasava View Post
    I was a vehement Y2K skeptic starting from the first time I heard of the supposed problem (around '96?). I had some experience programming computers and couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. Nobody could explain it, but everybody was talking about it. Some people bought canned food. I considered it a hoax.

    I forget... were there ever any actual problems resulting from 'Y2K'?
    The problem was that when computers were first created space was very limited so they saved the extra space by not using the first 2 digits of a year. So 1999 was 99 and at 2000 it would revert to 1900.

    I didn't think it was going to be a huge problem. It was known about for years, and tons of money was spent upgrading systems and programs, especially on critical systems.


    Dennis Miller had a great joke about Y2K: A computer problem that was created by computer people and can only be fixed by computer people, it's not surprising it has K and Y right in the name.
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    I installed a lot of generators and transfer switches as an electrician in 1999. Other than reading the Book of Revelations many times, I stocked up on ammo and bottled water. Found no surprises when Jan 1st 2000 was just another day.

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    I had a friend easily apend 15k on prep, and I blame Art Bell for hyping it to sell ads on Coast to Coast.
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    I was working that night at a Naval communications facility. The Navy was worried about it plenty.

    I, on the other hand, made a pot of gumbo, bought a brand-spanken' new Sig P229, and made a tee time for a new-years round of golf with three other buddies.
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    There was some good came out of Y2K, it made some people aware of what they need to do to be prepared. Since Y2K I make sure I have cash. During Katrina it paid off.
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    :Yeah, I was in the computer business and figured there may be a few problems but most of what the computer and other "experts" were saying was just so much male bovine feces. I made no extra preparation.
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    I didn't do a whole lot different, but it did inspire to tinker around and build a steam powered generator. (It only worked marginally well. It probably had enough juice output to run a coffee maker, LOL.) I also had fun watching and listening to the hype. Back then, I was a lot younger and cavalier. My big plan was to pillage others if it all went bad. I had plenty of guns, ammo and know how.

    Looking in reverse, our records system at work is not working now because there is no provision for 2010. It does not recognize that as a valid date. The bad part is, the city bought this system in 2007. We told them it was junk...
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    What do I remember when I think of Y2K? I remember having to go into work on New Year's Day to see if the place was still there...and I remember my disappointment when I saw that it was!

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    I lived in San Diego at the time so weather was not a concern for us. I just had the water bottle guy leave an extra 5 gallon bottle of water at our apartment each week for about 1.5 months. When nothing happened we just called in and told the guy not to come for a few weeks. We used up the extra and had our normal delivery start up again.
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    For Y2K preparations, I did absolutely nothing. I did not feel a sense or urgency.

    Things have changed dramatically in the last 10 years.....

    We've had 9/11 and several other terrorist attacks and thwarted attempts.

    We've had Hurricane Katrina.

    We had an earthquake in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. When it hit, it shook my house and woke me up (in Kansas City!!)

    Our economy is tanking. Unemployment is at a 27 year high.

    Crime is on the increase

    Now...I feel an urgency to get prepared.

    2010 will be the year that I get ready for when the SHTF.
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