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Y2K was a big bust
December 30, 2009 - Art Smith
Ten years ago everything was suppose to come to a grinding halt at midnight on New Years Eve.
The Y2K computer problem was suppose to make computers fail around the around the world and cause problems with a variety of businesses.
The fear was that when the date changed to a year ending in "00" it would cause everything to crash.
Businesses spent a lot of time and effort to make sure nothing happened. In the newspaper business we always depend on computers to work correctly. We tested everything before hand by changing the dates on workstations and servers to make sure they would operate with the double zeros. Most the systems that “experts” thought would be affected were never designed to last until 2000.
Our big fear at the time was that the power would fail. I remember having to make sure we saved all open files a few minutes before midnight just to be sure we didn't lose our work if the power went out.
We went as far as checking to see how much it would have cost to rent a generator big enough to power the press. After getting the price tag we decided to take our chances.
We printed a special newspaper that night that we held up so that we could get the coverage in about special events in the valley that were staged to welcome in the new century and millennium.
For a lot of people the decade that followed has been a difficult one. September 11, two wars, a recession and job loss have all lead to a decade that many would just as soon forget.
There is no Y2k+10 bug so we should all be ok as we slip into the "teen" years of the century.
Happy New Year everyone.
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