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Y2K eve

Well, here we finally are, the eve of the year 2000.

Will the Y2K bug (design decision, actually) destroy civilisation as we know it? Somehow I doubt it. I think there’s going to be a lot of embarrassed survivalists on Monday, humming and haa-ing and wondering what on earth they’re going to do with all those cans of baked beans.

Actually, it’d be funny if someone running the “Year 2000 Today” global broadcast thought it would be amusing to fade the picture and sound to black just as the first time zone goes past midnight. Then ten seconds later, just as the viewers at home are really starting to panic, they put up a caption saying “Just kidding!”

Actually, since it’s a computer problem, wouldn’t Y2K be 2048?

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.