Y2K: The Winter of Our Disconnect?


In South Korea, an apartment building suffered some problems when its heat and hot water was shut off. The residents were a little colder on New Years, but heat was eventually restored.

with Bob Cringely
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Region-wide breakdowns in the electric grid, water delivery, and telephone service.

[bob in front of nuclear power plant]After that big disco ball slid down the pole in Time Square, you may have held your breath or restacked your boxes of dehydrated soup, but you probably didn't lose your lights, heat, or water. Most people didn't. The Y2K bug showed up in a few places around the world, but an army of technicians jumped on everything that came up and nobody suffered for very long.

A power plant in Wisconsin experienced a small problem with its monitoring systems when a computer's clock jumped ahead 35 days, but the problem was quickly corrected and service never stopped. Seven nuclear power plants around the U.S. reported some problems with their monitoring systems, but everything was fixed and nobody else noticed.

Before New Years, the telephone companies were expecting a strain on the phone system. Not because of Y2K, but they expected more people to pick up the phone to check if they worked. Indeed, more people than usual gave their family or friends a ring right after midnight, but it was about the same volume as a busy Mother's Day.

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