Y2K Gets No Respect

April 1st, 2009

Somebody today made another crack about how wrong everyone was about Y2K, and it’s driving me crazy.  On the rare occassion when Y2K comes up, it’s always the same: “Look how wrong they were about Y2K”.  While I, personally, wasn’t involved at all in Y2K preparation work, I was surrounded by people working to avoid problems, so I saw my deal of preparation work.

The standard opinion, slightly more fleshed out, is usually “They said that all this bad stuff was going to happen, but nothing happened”.  And, yes, sure, that’s true.  But it’s missing some important material.  Properly stated, it should be “They said all this bad stuff was going to happen if they didn’t work hard to fix the problem, and then they did work hard to fix the problem, so nothing happened.”

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