1997-07-30 - Re: y2k problem serious

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From: “William H. Geiger III” <whgiii@amaranth.com>
To: Alan <alan@ctrl-alt-del.com>
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Message ID: <199707300059.TAA28643@mailhub.amaranth.com>
Reply To: <Pine.LNX.3.95.970729170646.1036C-100000@www.ctrl-alt-del.com>
UTC Datetime: 1997-07-30 01:09:09 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 09:09:09 +0800

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From: "William H. Geiger III" <whgiii@amaranth.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 09:09:09 +0800
To: Alan <alan@ctrl-alt-del.com>
Subject: Re: y2k problem *serious*
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In <Pine.LNX.3.95.970729170646.1036C-100000@www.ctrl-alt-del.com>, on
   at 05:16 PM, Alan <alan@ctrl-alt-del.com> said:

>On Tue, 29 Jul 1997, Matthew Ghio wrote:

>> Which will give you a year 2106 problem instead. :)
>> That'll at least fix most email systems.  InterNetNews will need a bit
>> more work to prevent it from trashing its history file come 3:14am
>> on January 19, 2038.
>> "Death of usenet predicted; film at 11..."

>It just means that some of us will still be around when it all comes
>crashing down around us.

>Short sightedness will be a problem long into the future and beyond. 
>With current management trends, it should actually escalate.  Soon the
>networks of the world will resemble "Information Rope Bridges" like in
>some jungle adventure movie.  You fear to use them because they might
>snap and send your data hurling to its death at the bottom of /dev/null. 
>And to shore up the problem, we will get more "quality initiatives",
>quick fixes filtered through "media awareness", and more useless gunge. 
>And it will all be held together by a couple of engineers who will get
>fired because they did not have the right attitude or refused to wear a

>The death of the net will not be caused by hidden date problems or
>anything publicised.  The last words for the net will be someone from
>marketing saying "what does this red button do?.

Well I really have to laugh my ass off over the Y2K thingy. :)

I get calls on a weekly basis to do Cobol work on the Y2K which of cource
I turn down (anyone who has waited this late to fix the problem is beyond

Anyone, and I do mean anyone, who has not already resolved any Y2K issues
by now get exactly what they deserve and it would be best for all
concerned if on Jan 1, 2000 they just disappeared (some people are just
too stupid to survive).

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