On This Day Pre-Y2K

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January 11, 2000 Permalink

I promised myself that January 15th was the date for me. There is zero chance of TEOTWAWKI, obviously. No way there will be enough failures now. I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that the person who called this one on the mark is Ed Yardeni, although even he probably regrets talking about about his more extreme bad news scenarios.

Maybe the recession (if it happens) be a Y2k induced. Maybe it will not be Y2k induced because we were due for one anyway. I don’t think we will ever know. Maybe there won’t be a recession. The only thing I know for sure is that governments did not handle this very well. Governments and Yardeni had more influence on me than anyone.

I should not be surprised - after watching government for 40 years - but what were they thinking? Obviously this could not have happened without the internet. The problems may be because governments do not understand the implications of the new medium. They had better get on the mark soon.

I’ve got another five days.

—Tom Benjamin, comp.software.year-2000, 01/11/00

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