The Y2K (Year 2000) Computer Problem:

Time Bomb or Dud?

Gary Beach, Capers Jones, Christopher Lydon, Simson Garfinkel and Nicholas Zvegintzov listen attentively to Thomas Oleson during the Y2K Public Panel Discussion.


Public Panel Discussion

The First in a Series of "Rooster versus Owl" Debates

Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 PM

Room 101, Sargent College (635 Commonwealth Ave.), on the Boston University campus.


Panelists :

Rooster #1: Gary Beach. Senior Vice President, International Data Group.

Rooster #2: Capers Jones. Chairman, Software Productivity Research, Inc.

Owl #1: Nicholas Zvegintzov. President, Software Management Network.

Owl #2: Thomas Oleson. Research Director, International Data Corporation.

Panelist Position Papers

Y2K by Gary Beach

How Serious is Y2K? by Capers Jones

The Truth Behind Y2K by Nicholas Zvegintzov

Y2K Computer Time Bomb


An Irony to Die For
Richard Landes

The Y2K Computer problem, known variously as a time-bomb, a cancer, a giant bug, or a big hoax, poses an interesting problem for observers of millennialism. On the one hand, it is often seen as a purely technological problem, created and to be solved by techies, an issue with no religious significance of any kind -- a purely coincidental "year 2000" problem. On the other, it connects at odd but compelling angles with millennialism broadly defined, and deserves our attention: 

The historian of the Year 1000 who believes that vast numbers believed God would bring an end to the world only to be disappointed, must view the Y2K problem as an immense irony. In the intervening 1000 years, we have replaced a God who failed to deliver the millennium, with our own efforts to engineer a technology-based utopia, one of whose most prominent and powerful elements was a mastery of the measurement of time. As a result we have not only come up with the immensely powerful but deeply flawed Frankenstein's millennium of the post-modern global village-ghetto, but we have built in our own time-bomb, set to go off precisely at the millennium, when our social and psychological equilibrium will be most fragile. It is an irony to die for.

This page is dedicated to both allowing viewers to connect with the larger discussion of all aspects of the Y2K problem, and more specifically to explore the apocalyptic and millennial dimensions of the problem. It is my pleasure to introduce CMS associate, Charles Cameron's first contribution to our web site as the first offering here:

By David Eddy

" Do we all need a very large wakeup call? "
The Year 2000 Computer Crisis

By Dr. Edward Yardeni

Chief Economist & Managing Director--Deutsche Morgan Grenfell North America


Computer Date Crisis



Apocalypse Soon? a special report on the millennium bug-MSNBC

BrainStorm Group, Inc.-Producers of the Year 2000 National Symposium Series

J.P. Morgan Securities Y2K Analysis

Legal & Management Information on the Year 2000 Computer Problem

Software Management Network--Year 2000 References and Reprints

The Year 2000 Information Center

2K-Times: Computing in the Year 2000...and Beyond

Year 2000-New Zealand

Y2K Tool

"Y2K--The Stuff of SciFi?"--Corporate Affairs, ICA Auckland, New Zealand

"CIO's Err on Side of Caution over Y2K"--ComputerWorld--New Zealand

Year 2000-UK


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