"I believe that if one or two companies cease to operate
it will set off a chain reaction. For example: When UPS went
on strike for 15 days the world almost turned upside down."
"Thanks for the entertaining website. The most ardent Y2K
alarmist I know has a lifestyle that would welcome government
chaos so that he wouldn't get caught in his illegal activities."
"I believe that there truly are going to be many problems
before the first of the year. It just won't have anything to
do with computers! As I get e-mail forwards from people who think
Disney is going to give away $6.5 million just for forwarding
e-mail, or Honda is going to give away free cars without a limit
just for forwarding e-mail, I can't help but be astonished at
how many loonies there are out there."
"I bet you're grinning your butt off with all the clamity
and worried-to-death people who have emailed you. I know of folks
here in Northern California who have sold everything they own.
Liquidated their homes, bought RV's in order to be ready to move
whereever because of the dimm and doom. This might be good for
"The 'doomers' may simply be wrong, --let's hope they are.
But so far, all the truly idiotic statements I've heard have
come from the 'polly' camp."
"Gosh, I am so glad I found your website!! I have passed
your sight to numerous folks! I am so glad you have also brought
the humor in!"
"The only thing we do know is this is not a tornadoe, hrricane,
earthquake, it is a man made problem. I do not trust man. Since
this is a man made problem, it is a little bit more concerning."
"Unlike you I'm not sure at all that I'll survive, I'm not
a survivalist and I live in Oslo, Norway which is a cold city
in the wintertime."
"Perhaps it may be reasonable to stock up on at least one
commodity: Beer. What with all the piss-taking going on early
next year, stocks will surely run dry."
"I think you're a jerk who doesn't know what you are talking
about, but I hope you are right. If you want to stop being an
asshole you should visit some of these sites for information
written by people who have relevant education and experience."
"A Veteran friend of mine has told me many a story about
how ugly people can become in time of crisis.... Besides a few
sites like yours, little is said and the Y2K demon does exist
in our heads."
"Just wanted to say that I *love* your 'Just a Number' website.
Nothing makes me laugh more than the millions of loons who are
falling for what I've always believed to be 99% media hype and
1% actual problem."
"I haven't laughed that much in a long time.... They never
listen to us programmers! I've been saying things about Y2K for
20+ years. They didn't listen then, now they're panicked. I have
to admit, it is fun to watch!"
"Action 2000, the UK government body spending millions of
pounds of taxpayers money on justifying their existence, had
already said that nothing would probably happen (after predicting
dire consequences all last year)."
"Today the newswires are saying 9/9/99 passed and now the
problem will be 10/10/2000 because this is the first eight digit
number in the new year!! ... thanks for your articles! Keep up
"I am a Minister who has studied this Y2K problem, and can
tell you that, I think there is about a 70% chance this will
happen. I studie the bible as well as the Y2K, and all thoe I
see this could happen and be a disaster, the bible says nothing
about a y2k problem."
"It makes me angry to see how many people seem to want the
government and society to topple so that they can have the kind
of world they want. These cowboys are ill-informed and mean-spirited."
"It should belongs to every responsible entity to act as
necessary to prevent fear. Here in Europe there's nothing comparable
to what i see about that "bug" in the US. It just seems
"Watch out for the loonies midnight 1/1/00. I wonder if
they've figured where world will end first, given time zones?
Does it mean Europe will fry before North America? What about
Isreal where Y2k was about 4000 years ago (I guess they fried
"I am a firm believer that Y2K is simply a juiced-up money
machine rolling through, well, practically everyone's life and
it will come and go with little or no glitches for the mass (ignorant)
"What you said about the y2k loons winning either way ('told
you so' or 'it's our work that saved us all') would logically
suggest that the best approach is just to buy a six-pack, sit
back, and enjoy the show."
"We (us crazy Christians) are not worried about Y2K, nor
threatened by its outcome.... We have been through much worse
over the centuries and millenia than Y2K, and still our Faith
is intact. They threw us to the lion's in Rome, burnt us at the
stake prior to and through the Reformation, and on and on. A
little Y2K global chaos, destruction and confusion will be a
walk in the park."
"I want to thank you for your web site! I caught an article
on a sunday morning news show that showed an organization going
from community to community preaching about being prepared for
the y2k, stocking up on grains and corns, growing their own food,
preparing to barter etc. . .and saying that most of us are not
doing anything to prepare for it."
"I can't wait to see what G.North and other y2k opportunists
have to say when January 2000 passes by with a few inconveniences
and computer problems. What will they do when civilization doesn't
come to a screeching halt?"
"My prediction: a few minor outages, maybe steet lights
or traffic signals here or there, maybe a bank vault will lock
up or not, etc. Then all the hysterical goofs will begin to make
"My husband, father and sister agree with you. My husband
is computer tech support, my dad is a programmer (for 30 years)
and my sister listens to him. I, on the other hand, have put
aside a months worth of canned foods, an extre propane tank for
the grill and appropriate winter clothing, with my husband's
"Yesterday For example I heard that on August 18 Satan will
walk on earth, on the whole globe will dark for the 3 days. In
that time we cant look in to the windows, and go in outsite....
Every story making our brains crazy. We dint know what to thing,
what to do, Whets the whole thing about?"
"For that 'How much God knowledge do you have?' email posting,
is he/she claiming direct divine revelation from God to prepare
for this disaster? ... I happen to believe God is on the 'this
is way over-hyped and those that panicked will look foolish'
side of the issue."
"I just saw a 'new one' posted on a Christian board....someone
is telling the rest of the gals to be prepared for your sewer
and raw sewage backing up due to Y2K and for 75.00 you can send
for a gizmo that you can shut off on Dec. 31 so that this won't
happen to you, and your sewage won't back up. It never ends,
does it...? I wish I could think of these things."
"A response to the person that said 50+ aged programmers
say its going to be a problem...I have talked to many programmers
(my husband is one) some of them 50+, My response...LAUGHTER.
Come on people, get real. You're the problem."
"Great stuff mate, your right on! I'm in Australia and NZ
on New Year so I'm really scared! The bastards have sucked us
"My brother went to Wall Mart last January to by can ham
because it was on sale, he bought 10 cases to get ready for the
year 2000. He told me not to laugh because I'll be the first
one beging him for a can. (I think not)"
"I am waiting for December -- should be fun to watch the
action with the last minute panic regarding banks, stocks and
generators. Should be some good buys on the market around Dec
26 or so."
"Interesting site, with good conclusions and a complete
lack of useful data.... Surely you aren't making an important
engineering decision based on personal emotions?"
"I work in the software industry and I am horrified at the
people that DO NOT [work in software industry] and profess to
be experts on this topic.... Anyway, it is nice to see a voice
of reason. Your site cuts through the crap and defines the simplistic
date issue for what it is."
"Did you hear about the Y2K tests here in Colorado by the
electric utility company? Of course not! Nothing failed!... Now
that Y2K is falling apart, crisis advocates are now talking about
the sun spots/solar storms coming in March/April. Oh, well -
crisis of the moment."
"If you think you can't get (fill in the blank) for 2 weeks,
are you prepared? If you can't get those wretched disposable
diapers for 2 weeks, and your kid uses a couple or three a day,
do you have a back-up plan or do you intend to confine the child
to non-carpeted surfaces for the duration?"
"And it is a FACT that MANY systems will never be ready
to even test till well in to 2000. My sources? 50+ year old programmers
that have been in the biz since punch cards at XEROX."
"I wouldn't find it too strange a thing for Christians to
want all hell to break loose so that Jesus could come and help
them... how convenient, mix the Millenialist expectations, taken
from concoctors and astrologers such as Nostradamus, with the
"I don't have my head in the sand concerning the fact that
God didn't create this problem..MAN did as usual..If man wasn't
so proud and think that they have EVERYTHING IN CONTROL, they
might see their need for guidance from above and realize that
even as God spoke to Noah about the need for an ark, even thought
there hadn't been such a thing as rain as of yet, that BY FAITH
he built the ark in obedience to the WARNING God gave him....
You may have alot of PC knowledge, but HOW MUCH GOD KNOWLEDGE
DO YOU HAVE??"
"There are very scary billboard ads up with the yellow-eyed
chip/bug logo in an hour glass and the slogan, 'The Millennium
Bug, six months to go. Have YOU done enough?' I assume these
ads are directed at the business community but are in very public
places and are freaking a lot of people. My best friend is convinced
that the end is nigh and there will be cannibalism by February."
"I think this is the most fun I've had listening to someone
who's out of their mind! I've done my research though... then
again who would ever listen to an x-crackhead? It sounds to me
like you're the one on crack now!"
"Let's not forget the words of Paul Erlich, whose 'Population
Bomb' and 'Population Explosion' have been wrong in *two* consecutive
generations in predicting the downfall of civilization because
of census counts."
"This fulfilled prophecy will completely devastate and panic
some high-anxiety people, which will in turn cause a panic of
pandemic proportions. Think how many people have been injured
just trying to get ahold of a stupid Beanie Baby or Furby during
a 'quantities limited' sale?... C'mon guy! Get with the program!"
"I'm in charge of Finances at my company. We actually have
an ex-employee that's doing the whole survival thing and, heaven
help us, I think they're probably also stockpiling guns, because
they want to defend themselves against the less-prepared. So,
maybe I should be more careful when I think we've got it covered,
but I'm more worried about the Doomsday phobics than the computers."
"Thank you for sanity on the chicken little subject."
"If y2k is a joke- then how come my bank is spending £250
million,(and still not compliant??). Do you think they are that
stupid?! Anyway, y2k is a self fulfilling prophesy. The imminent
panic is the insurmountable problem!!"
"Did you see that the UK government Y2k task force which
a few months ago was wasting the taxpayers money by scaring the
population half shitless, has now gone completely the other way,
by distributing a leaflet in every Sunday paper called 'Fact
"I just completed Y2K code upgrades, workstation compliancy
tests, and an entire system rollover -- all tests passed flawlessly.
Why? Because of instead of building survbivalist bomb shelters
in the woods annd stocking up on SPAM, we went about methodically
solving the problems at hand."
"You are way, WAY off in this 'assumption'. It will happen,
mark my words on that. Maybe you don't remember what happened
on the first day of the year 1970? Some computer company wrote
a code with only ONE digit in its coding, so after 9 flipepd
to 0, everything using the code was SHUT DOWN. I don't know WHY
you think it won't be, but it will."
"The Y2K hysterics are getting mighty quiet as the big day
approaches. All the dates Jan 1 1999, April 1 1999 etc.etc. are
passing without a hitch. After the dreaded 9/9/99 fails to have
even a hiccup, we can expect to see some sanity prevailing even
before the big day.... Please reconsider your closing the site
next year. We need to have some proof that not all of us were
"I can't agree with you more. I work for a government agency,
and my shop has been tasked to work the Y2K issue for the entire
base.... My guess is that behind every doomsday prediction is
a a slack-jawwed yokel selling ammunition, or tents, or boots,
or something along those lines."
"All I can say is, I'll be sitting at home, on Janurary
1st 2000, having a good old laugh at all you highly gullable
people who have just lost your dignity in believing one of the
biggest fabricated myths of the 20th Century."
"You make strong claims on your site, plenty of covicted
opinion (your own), but not a single fact from any reliable source.
Amusing at best, but not worth the hard drive space it's written
"I'm english. Why do Americans insist on being such ignorant,
stupid tossers? The place i work for is finished Y2K testing.
All done. No one is shittin their pants about no electricity,
no water, conspiracies for christs sake where else could these
punters come from but america? i hope it all does f--- up in
america, the world'll be a better place without yanks - TWATS."
"We'll probably all get blown away by Y2K survivalists,
afraid we're going to steal their bottled water and generators.
Or not. Keep the exchange of ideas going, and especially the
"Interesting editorial in our local paper yesterday - BIG
BROTHER STAYS HUSH ABOUT Y2K - All I can say is, Very Interesting!
We live in NYS. Why are all the NYS Police going to be working
New Years Eve?"
"Just as it was said that no one ever got fired for buying
an IBM, similarly no one can go wrong employing a Yr 2000 guru.
If nothing goes wrong it'll be 'How wise we were' and if it all
goes toes up well we'll have done our best AND have someone to
"Without a doubt, your position reflects an appalling lack
of understanding...typical of young, hotshot propeller heads....
At least you do not attribute Y2K to some pile of bizarre theological
crap. That crowd is, however, breathing down YOUR neck for looney
tunes honors as we approach 1/1/2000."
"I will not try and outline the issue for you, because your
comments are intelligent enough that I believe that you have
heard the arguments. Regardless of the alleged existence of the
Y2K issue, the reaction from society will force the turning of
the calendar into a calamity on a global scale. Wake up, man."
"We have prepared modestly for our family of 5, to hopefully
withstand a moderate crisis up to and including a depression.
Keep in mind that we already have our home in a rural area. Plenty
of land with few people surrounded by mountains."
"The doomsayers talk about the wrath of God, they will be
the ones who see the wrath of God for deceiving and frightening
the hell out of people. One of our neighbor's daughters is so
frightened (she's 12) because she thinks that she isn't going
to live to be a teenager. It's totally irresponsible and abusive
to allow this to happen to a little girl."
"So far as there being a run on the banks. All the banks
will have to do is call in all the loans etc. That will make
people think twice."
"you're safe...consider this...if nothing happens you're
a hero...but if all hell breaks loose...no one will be able to
contact you...why didn't I think of this...?"
"Personally I feel that the author of this web site has
simply put this here posed as a non-believing question to just
get a rise out of vulnerable and clueless people. I hope that
the Lord forgives you and I also hope you mend your ways and
believe what is simple and true...Jesus Christ the Savior!"
"I had to make sure my department was compliant and the
worst thing was a moisture tester! Yes, it prints out the first
two digits! Worst case, add the stinkin' '20' in front of '00',
but it works anyway and is y2k compliant."
"The Y2K bug will be remembered as the idea that people
had in their heads which ended up causing more problems than
the actual problem itself. The Millenium bug will be remembered
as everyone's silly desire to celebrate the end of the Millenium
a year early."
"I like your web page, but I haven't found any info on it
(so far) that offers any more than an opposing or alternate view
to the 'doomsayers'. Thus, I am happily left with my own research
and study on the subject, which I wouldn't abdicate anyway!"
"Governments are measuring the success of their Y2K programs
by the number of dollars they are pushing into them. i.e. inputs
not output. It seems a lot of Y2K programs are based upon 'The
Year 2000 as Racket and Ruse' and are dedicated to implementing
"My primary concern in all this is not the so-called Y2K
'Bug' per se, but the combined effects of all of the things that
can and do 'go wrong' on our highly complex and interdependent
'civilization': from solar storms to weird weather patterns of
apparently increasing intensity, to the rapidly increasing threat
of a globally consuming war of some kind, to the ruthless machinations
of the greedy to get 'more', to 'glitches' in computer systems.
Not to mention what's happening, finally, to oil prices."
"My dad is a major COBOL programmer from the 70's and 80's
with the military. He said exactly the same thing you are. It
would be child's play to find the problem and fix it."
"I really do hope that you are correct in your assumptions,
but I am still preparing for the potential problems. To do anything
less would be harmful and neglectful to my family."
"I agree with you whole heartedly but never would have found
the right words to say to those who believe this is it! I'm usually
bored surfing around the web, but this was a 'well-worth-it'
"It sounds to me like you don't have your head quite screwed
on straight. Or there are some powerful people who have an agenda
we're not aware of yet."