"I've been programming for almost 10 years and I've experienced
hundreds of crisis situations much more complex than this date
problem.... As for the hysterical non-programmers of the world...
they need to shut up and butt out because they just don't understand
"I work in the computer industry, and of course people are
going bonkers, but most of my coworkers and I believe that the
biggest danger comes not from the 'Y2k bug' itself, but from
the people who are, deliberately or otherwise, using the occasion
to foment a bit of lawlessness."
"Having been in the computer world for a few years, I wish
I could identify what it is, that is causing all these people
to behave so irrationally.... I don't doubt for one moment there
are some computers that will possibly burp, there will be some
software apps, that will mis calculate due to lazy data entry
habits, (two-digits for year). But overall, this is not a show
"This earth is full of murder, hate, killing and awful things.
We need to remember our creator and Y2K, MAY, make some of us
remember this. If nothing happens, GREAT, I won't have to buy
groceries for a little while! But if it does I know I have tried
a little to prepare and I know that GOD loves me just as I am."
"I looked through some of the responses on your feedback
page. As a Christian, i am embarrassed at the comments made by
some of the 'believers' regarding judgement and punishment....
That people hatefully reject your view on Y2K and try to link
it with 'judgment' - that's what in my ministry is called 'Spiritual
Abuse'. In my eyes what does Y2K and Jesus have in common? Nothing.
There is no correlation between what programmers chose to do
decades ago and what Jesus did 2000 years ago."
"Oh, to spice up your web page you need to talk to my mother..she
swears they are secretly building compounds for those who cannot
pay their bills and need some place to go Jan 1 2000, She also
swears that her timing chain in her car won't function so she
is having that Y2K ready, every day I get a new fear from her."
"Amid the growing hysteria, I am glad that not everyone
thinks it is 'the end of the world' or 'God's judgement upon
mankind'. These doomsayers almost seem to relish the thought
as a vindication of their belief."
"Just close your eyes and clear your head and try to think
of all the places where embedded chips might be. Try to think
of the impossible places to test like undesea pipelines and pumps
or the sheer magnitude of the number of telephone switches that
must be checked compared to the number of programmers of available
to do the job. It boils down to simple math."
"To me the real issue, the government is so full of lies
and spin and with this y2k problem there seems to be plenty going
in all directions, mostly that it's a bump in the road. My problem
with the government is that I know for a fact (I really do) that
they are preparing to have camps across the country. This more
than anything bugs me. Is the y2k problem more than a hoax? possibly
a front? If, then a front for what?"
"Recently, my company began a Y2K compliancy program, and
half of the things they asked me to check were totally ridiculous.
Battery chargers, diesel trucks, RADIOS in trucks, etc.... Those
who know the truth, that at best, there will be little or no
problems, are ignored, while the fear mongers amongst us are
being listened to and believed."
"I have a young family to think about and if I ignore this
possible threat what kind of mother am I? You be sure to notify
me when your degree in fortune telling arrives."
"I hope for your soul's sake that you are just ignorant....
I admit, I could be wrong about Y2K. But if I'm not, this is
a matter of life and death for millions of people. Are you really
willing to take that risk?"
"is your site a joke? are you serious? ... if you are wrong
you die, if i am wrong i get laughed at"
"Unfortunately the majority of the people refuse to believe
that such an event could happen, they don't want to be disturbed
in their comfort zone. So I choose to be a realist. By the way,
judgement upon America is right around the corner. The Lord Jesus
will protect his own, however!"
"You must be a real pile of bad smell and soon you will
not be the only one. I do not have to pray, for I know all of
mankind will soon get what it deserves!"
"Someone may use this as an opportunity to conduct techno
terrorism. If Melissa can cause the problems (and some believe
it was a test), a virus, when combined with the problems that
will exist, can cause massive problems which may seem to be a
verification of the 'end of technology'"
"Is there ANY ounce of truth to any of this crap!? I've
heard that VIBRATORS will stop!!! Hey, if you find a vibrator
smart enough to tell the date & time, please let me know!!"
"Is it true or a bunch of hog wash that vehicles will stop
running? A car does not read a date (except for a couple of the
luxury models out there). If you have a car that does not read
a date, how in the hell will a car stop running?"
"I have been treated as a leper for not 'realising' the
danger that we are in coming up to the turn of the Century. I
personally know people who are taking advantage of this scam
and they are starting to believe their own crap!"
"I am in the military working in a hospital. I fix the medical
equipment there. I have been appointed Y2K representative for
the equipment in the hospital. Of the 1700+ pieces of equipment
in the hospital only 25 will be affected --- and the biggest
problem faced --- the date will not print right on the test strip.
I have heard that a pencil is a good fix for this, but perhaps
we need to spend a ton more money just to study if this will
"Found your site today and am hugely relieved to find an
island of sanity on the North American continent!! ... Is it
because you're Canadian?? From my view point in Australia it
seems as if the US is just full of Chicken Littles darting terrified
glances at the sky.... The only difference today is that the
shysters have access to much bigger audiences."
"I would like to know how to make some cash off these fools
and get rich. Maybe if I stock up on those meal supplement drinks,
bulk and canned foods and bottled water I can start making a
killing in October and November when these idiots really start
"I have attached a copy of a nomination I made to the Australian
Skeptics for the annual Bent Spoon award, where I collectively
nominated the same people your site is about."
"I truly hope Y2K is a hoax. BUT ... It got me off my fat
butt and into action to provide some reasonable disaster preparedness
for my loved ones!! Thanks for your site. It adds real balance
to this issue!"
"what makes you and all the rest of the world think they
know whats going to happen in the future, things unimaginable
can happen, disastorious things, what if you are wrong? what
if they are wrong?"
"You might want to get your facts straight. I have been
following this problem for over 2.5 years and have read thousands
of articles from numerous sources. July 1997 front cover of newsweek
was just the begining.... You like many other critics will be
very silent in January."
"I will keep your forecast on file and will email you, one
week after Jan. 1, 2000 and if you are correct I can still communicate
with you because our ISP will still be working. I also suggest
that you become serious on this matter and avoid jokes. There
are some people who believe you and they will take your every
word you say. This is also true for the doomsayers. -- Yours
"Everyone drawing all their money out of the banks because
they do not want to loose it and what they are doing is DESTROYING
the economy!! This COULD be a distaster, it would be riotous
"Your site has helped alot in not only my understanding
of this whole shin-dig, but it's also helping my grade. Without
this site my paper would've been alot harder...glad you see this
whole thing my way..."
"If we talk about something long enough it may just come
true. To quote the great philosopher in disguise, George Burns:
'Fairytales can come true ... it can happen to you...'"
"I'm not a programmer, but I've read hundreds of articles
on y2k and I know what's coming.... You should be scared shitless.
Don't be so narrow minded. Start reading stuff on the net."
"The same thing happened in 1000, and I'm sure the same
thing will happen in 3000. They won't be able to use the 'Y3K
computer bug' as an excuse for why the world will end in 3000,
but they will think of something."
"Is it ethical and legal to sell survival kits to people
who are scared to death because they simply do not understand
the technological elements of the problem and are frighten by
the implication and feelings of helplessness?"
"There are a lot of DRAMA kings and queens today. Don't
even try to talk sense to the fools. This y2k situation is just
another thing to add more excitemnet into their boring lives."
"A couple of years ago I was living in south Florida. I
underestimated the power of hurricane Andrew. I don't intend
to be caught underestimating another catastrophe."
"I myself am amazed at how incredibly hyped up this whole
issue has become. People I know with no computer knowledge are
worried that their toasters won't work after 2000.... The whole
thing makes me want to pull my hair out and run screaming through
"Thank you for your common sense and good humor. It's nice
to know there a few pepole left who can actually think!"
"i'll pray 4 u"
"You're right that if bad things happen, that they'll happen
just because people think they're going to happen. So silly.
As someone who's worked as a programmer on Y2K projects, I have
to say that I personally couldn't get *anything* really bad to
happen to programs we were fixing."
"The MTBF (mean time between failure) for a typical computer
is no more than an hour. This means that, for a computer that
is running at least during business hours, there are on the average
at least 2,000 failures per year, or 2,000,000 failures per millennium."
"Do you suppose it's possible that the escalating Y2K budgets
are in part caused by people taking advantage of the fear and
getting those new computers and equipment they've been wanting?"
"When I reported to my politician bosses that we wouldn't
need to spend a fortune to fix this 'crisis', I got my head handed
to me.... In my research I have found many sites where local
governments have spent a lot of money and time planning and testing,
but they never seem to say how the tests turned out. Could it
be that they don't want to admit that they have wasted a ton
of taxpayer money for no good reason?"
"Yes, it's just a number. One of the biggest assumptions
that you are making is that there are enought competent programmers
who can keep focused amid the mass hysteria to get the job done
right. I'm stocking up and getting out into the country just
"It's good to find someone w/ the courage to say, 'The Emperor
is wearing no clothes.' Please folks, don't start rashly selling
your investments. Sheer panic can ruin a market just as surely
as an actual problem!"
"As for elevators crashing to earth, as I told my boss when
he raised the issue: Anyone who is sad enough to be in an elevator
at midnight on millennium eve won't be missed if the thing crashes
to the basement."
"Maybe it's the thrill, perhaps to the extent of sexual
excitation, to believe there will be chaos. I hope they aren't
"Regarding the hype you speak of, I witnessed exactly the
same thing in the UK with BS 5750 (British Standards Institute
certificate for quality assurance) and then its international
equivalent ISO 9000. Expensive consultants creating jobs for
themselves... I assume those folks are now safely riding on the
"How can you make the computer bug and send it to other
computers. (Do U have any saved on disk that you could send so
I could test it for myself."
"japan is in y2k trouble ... embedded chip capital of the
world? japan ... mountains, rivers, too many obstructions- most
all is burried.... japan is size of california- but flat area
is only that of rode island- ... you must learn more."
"God's Wisdom to Help with Y2K: Proverbs 26:12 'Seest thou
a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than
"Y2K over 30 years old! As loans are concerned, the Y2K
problem hit back in the 70's since the payoff date for many reached
into the 00's. They handled that one without any media attention
and they did it in COBOL."
"When my computer illiterate friends ask me what they should
do, I say 'treat it as if you were expecting a storm.' It doesn't
hurt to have some extra food around the home, candles just in
"My father-in-law is all into this; in fact, he's stocked
up food from some millenium food staples group, and he annoyed
the %$#@ outta me at Christmas by giving us huge checks so we,
too, could buy food before the apocalypse. What a light note
for Christmas Eve, eh?"
"The Doom Merchants are at work....what a load of old cobblers.
Working in the investment markets, if anyone thinks world institutions
will disinvest causing an economic meltdown they are mis-guided
"Riots, food shortages, and a financial collapse will occur.
I have always belived that history repeats itself. In this I
am reminded of the roman empire. In their last days sports were
a national craze. The United States of America is home to couch
potatos who think that an athlete should make more money than
their doctor, or senator"