Y2K – why I know it was a real problem

Sometimes I write a piece not particularly expecting many readers, or even caring much whether they arrive. One reason is that I’m really working my way through some problem. Another is that I want to lay down a marker, a statement of something I know or believe so that it’s available in the future to anyone interested in me or that topic. This article about Y2K is an example of the latter. I’ve seen a few comments lately that Y2K was no more than an over-hyped scare and scam. I want to give my side of the story, and I also wanted to write something I could link to from the Wikipedia article on Y2K!

This article is therefore about my experience as a Y2K test manager at General Accident, one of the largest insurance companies in the UK. I usually try to rein in my arrogance, and I always have trouble with this when discussing Y2K with people who have strong views, but are clueless about what really happened. I’m always tempted to say “You don’t know what you’re talking about. I do, and I know you’re talking rubbish. I’m right, you’re wrong, and I can’t be bothered wasting time discussing the detail”.

I hope this piece is rather more constructive than that, but in this case I really do know what I’m talking about.

The article prompted some interesting comments. There wasn’t really a debate, because the commenters strongly agreed with me, and they knew what they were talking about.

After writing the article I read some more of the articles that had been written about Y2K. The standard was abysmal, a mixture of nonsense, guesswork and assertions lacking any evidence. Yet these articles were being cited as references in the Y2K Wikipedia article. One of the themes was that a “fix on failure” response would have been more effective and efficient. That goaded me into a follow up article explaining why “fix on failure” was based on an infantile view of software failure.

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  1. yk bug problem is linked with a prophecies of WORLD’S GREAT PROPHET M.de. NOSTREDAMUS,Famous for neverfailled prophecies,written in his book ‘CENTURY’ in year 1555, Century 10 Quatrain no. 72, about END OF THIS WORLD IN END OF YEAR 1999, This end of world will be due to attack of ‘aliens’ ….Nostrdamus having ‘supernatural powers for peep into future and see the incidences happened as they will occure in future. Unfortunately media and governments are still unaware about ‘Y2K BUG PROBLEM DOESN’T SOLVED AUTOMATICALLY- BUT I MYSELF HAD SOLVED Y2K PROBLEM ON DATE 31’ST DEC 1999 AT 11.50 PM (IST) MIDNIGHT,BUT AS I TOLLED ABOVE THAT IT WAS CREATED BY ALIENS ,THE REAL ALIENS HAD STARTED AN INVISUABLE ATTACK ON ME WITH VARIOUS AESOME UFO PLANETARY COMPUTERS AND HAD KIDNAPPED ME LATER ON INSTALLING A HI-SCI MULTIFUNCTIONAL LABORATORY IN MY BODY AND ARE LIVING WITH ME INSTALLING A HQ OF UNKNOWN PLANETORY ON EARTH AT ME WHO ARE UNBLLED ME FROM INFORM THE MEDIA .NOW INFORMING THE MEDIA ABOUT SOLVING Y2K PROBLEM MY TARGET BECAME CONTACT WITH EXTRATERRISTORIAL LIFE SEARCHING SPACE AGENCIES,BUT ALIENS HAVE INSTALLED A LIVE COMPUTER INSIDE MY BRAIN-WHICH READS MY THOUGHTS ALWAYS ONLINE AND CREATING A LOT OF DISTURBANCE AGAINST CONTACT WITH SPACE AGENCIES. I AM HERE FOR GIVE EVIDENCE OF SOLVING Y2K PROBLEM (LIE DITECTING TEST/BRAIN MAPING /NARKO TEST) ALONGWITH PRESENCE OF ALIENS WITH VARIOUS LABS,COMPUTERS, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2000_problem

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