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Y2K, no big deal

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 17, 2009

I contributed a short essay to Newsweek’s 2010 project for the Overblown Fears list: Y2K.

Despite the media hype, the biggest story about the Y2K computer bug is that nothing happened. Trains didn’t spontaneously derail. McDonald’s didn’t roll back to turn-of-the-century pricing (no Happy Meals for a ha’penny). And the banks didn’t lose all of our money; we’d have to wait another eight years for that.

Farhad Manjoo recently did a 2-part piece on the lessons of Y2K for Slate.

We Work Remotely

On the site for his new novel,

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 16, 2007

On the site for his new novel, The End As I Know It, Kevin Shay is blogging pre-Y2K internet postings. “On This Day Pre-Y2K is updated daily with one or more verbatim quotations drawn from a variety of online sources, from today’s date, eight years ago.” One of my favorite posts describes “the great geek exodus from the cities late next year”.