Anybody who grew up in the 90s remembers the Y2K scare - the potential computer glitch that could end the world on January 1st, 2000. It didn't happen of course, but it could have been bad if not for the work of some dedicated, anonymous heroes.
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For Y2K some people was buying generators from Home Depot, only to return them one week later. I bought a crank up solar radio, still use it today.
Paul Saffo looks like Dollar tree Phil Swift
Yeah. Interesting analogy between then and today. Financial markets matter more than human life?
Yep. I worked IT back then. Was a real issue that did get blown out of proportion.
<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="508">8:28</a> "Personally I would rather be thought of as a fool who acted to prevent a crisis from happening that never actually happened, rather than somebody who just sticks my head in the sand and hopes for the best." Very relevant sentiment for these times.
4 gün önce
Dude, my dad was shook AF over Y2K 😂😂
5 gün önce
Simply put, i was a 15 year old who gave zero fucks about Y2K. I was too busy fighting over the phone line for that sweet sweet dial up internet connection!
5 gün önce
I'm definitely not a tech guy, but I always thought it was way overblown, what I remember most is the New year's Eve party I went to at a friend's house, and at midnight he shut off the breakers without anyone seeing him of course, and I thought "Oh shit, it is real"!
6 gün önce
I was 12 years old when y2k came and went. I remember the mass hysteria, and I stayed awake to watch the ball drop hoping nothing would happen. I'm glad nothing did. As soon as the clock struck midnight, I booted up my computer, and saw the date, January 1st, 2000. I logged off, shut it down, and went to bed.
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@Joe Scott minute <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="295">4:55</a> the code at left is not decades old. It's not even CODE, just some comments in a green font that reference SQL, a language from the 1990s. My 1st consultation is free for ya, baybee!
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Joe Scott have you ever done a story about the from Taured? That is so interesting to me and I’d love to hear your insight and research on the case. www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/mysterious-tale-man-taured-evidence-parallel-universes-or-embellishment-005788
9 gün önce
...and then came 2012 and the Mayan calendar.
10 gün önce
Come on it's the 90's is 90's YOLO, Both are carpe diem for morons.
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I dont remember y2k at the time i was only 7 though and not sure it was blown up as much in the uk
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Hansen Home Inspections
Joe, I hope you read my 1 of 2,588 comment. I studied Cobal in 1975. And I coded on 80 character punch cards to be read by an IBM mainframe. I was the only student in class who took exceptions to coding the year with two (2) digits. "What will happen when the new century comes?" I spoke up, and my concern was dismissed by the teacher with something along the lines of "The code we are writing now in 1975 will be re-written several times before the year 2000." And every student continued coding the year with two digits (character spaces). No, I was not one of those who came out of retirement. I went into a totally different career of home building. People still live in the homes that I built. And every home I have built is still standing.
12 gün önce
I remember predictions of planes falling out of the skies, people having to fight their neighbors for basic survival and nuclear facilities melting down. Yes, that last one happened at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl but that was another mental failure. How about a video on our current apocalypse-Coronavirus. How the failure to act in January has lead to the current situation and hundreds of unnecessary deaths.
12 gün önce
Lol great video! I was a Paramedic during the Y2K mania. In a our small town of about 10k our biggest fear was the power grid. We had many public service meetings with the hospital, police, Fire Department and Nursing Homes. We quickly determined that if the power grid failed the Nursing Homes with close to 300 patients would have no power because the Nursing Homes did not have backup generators. We developed a plan to transport patients depending on their level of need based off the amount of care needed, for example a patient on an oxygen machine required power that we could supplement with portable oxygen for a period of time. Then was heating, Y2K was going to hit us in the dead of winter in Iowa. We developed plans on heating rooms with multiple people in them, however due to the general public in fear of Y2K, it was nearly impossible to purchase any size of generator. In our jobs as First Responders we base our response on worst case scenarios. We plan for the worst and hope for the best. We spent a lot of administrative time planning for something that, thankfully never came to pass. For me it was a great lesson in the planning of an event that could potentially deplete every resource you have, and coming up with innovate solutions from ordinary people planning for an extraordinary situation. We laugh now but during the event we learned where we were vulnerable. Thank you for the video!
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Jawbreaker The Hyaenodon
<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="75">1:15</a> “An apocalypse that never happened” Oh like the 2012 scare, or the countless supposed meteor impacts that never happened?
13 gün önce
or like trump says:"corona will magicly dissappear"...? just a month ago? 🤦♀️
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I was 14. I waited at the breaker box in my house while my family counted down the new year. When midnight struck I turned off all the power to the house. Needless to say my amusement and screams from my sisters was enough to see me punished. Totally worth it.
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I had a friend who was called out of retirement to work on the Y2K problem. Normally his computer skills would have been antiquated but those rare old-time skills suddenly made him a hot commodity and he was able to rake in a pile of money.
15 gün önce
Was alive then... thoughts I had on Y2K at that time... smart people will figure this out. So no big deal. Wasnt worried.
16 gün önce
I was 20 years old during our Y2K party. A friend and I went down to the basement while the rest were upstairs watching the ball drop and counting down with it. "5! 4! 3! 2! 1!!!!!" That's when we hit the main breaker on the breaker panel. The instant silence followed by a panicky sound coming from one of the girls was glorious. We only left the power off for a second or two, but I imagine to most of them it felt like forever!
17 gün önce
I don’t personally have anything noteworthy about it. I did have a buddy max out all of his credit cards thinking everything was going to get reset to 0. We ribbed him for a while about it. That’s about it.
20 gün önce
I was working as a server at a country club that night. There was a huge NYE party for the members. The general feeling of the staff was nonchalant but alert. The members seemed more nervous and were all partying like it was 1999.
20 gün önce
My school's computers had stickers on them saying Y2K SAFE. lol
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El Cid Gaming
Yeah I was like nine. I asked my dad about what this sht was all about.. he explained what the people were sayin and i said,,thats so stupid,,nothings gonna happen (we didnt even have a computer then lol)
22 gün önce
I can't believe we have the opposite response (demonstrable head in the sand) to the Coronavirus by "top leadership", (you know what I mean). Not the scientists but some reining politicians. But today many finally woke up kind like if with Y2k and it was January 10th, 2000 or maybe sometime in February 2000 or later? Sorry, don't mean to get political but when I saw that picture with the guy with his head in the sand it triggered and yes I remember Y2K and how a whole lot of money getting spent. It seemed like the double-edged sword of tax time for preparers.
22 gün önce
Thanks for this. As an IT professional it really pissed me off when people claim it was all a hoax since nothing happened
23 gün önce
I remember watching the ball drop on TV and waiting for all the lights to shut off and for pure chaos and pandemonium to ensue when the clock struck 12. nothing happened. the world continued as it always did. it was very anticlimactic
24 gün önce
I wrote a subroutine to compare 2 digit dates. If the date was less than 50 add 100 before the compare. We did not have to redo all our date fields in the TONS of records we had, but all new files and programs we created used 4 digits. Not so bad. P.S. Love your VIDS. Keep up the good work.
25 gün önce
Our comp sci students we hired from the local university worked hard to fix everything. I was a Cartographer doing research replacing analog map making everything digital. It was fun ! We are the former National Mapping Division for the USGS. Now I think they are the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center I think..been retired since 2004.
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My boyfriend father stockpiled enough bottles water to fill the entire family room top to bottom side to side, needless to say he had garage sales to sell all the weird things he stockpiled and people actually came and bought the stuff. He had enough stuff stockpiled that 2 garage sales a week for 6 months straight still did not sell everything. Crazy
27 gün önce
Faceless engineer checking in... spent 31/12/1999 in a gloomy, dirty computer room nursing a 30 year old IBM System/36 into the new year. No issues. As expected as we’d fixed, tested and simulated on all the systems we supported. Very much regret sitting in that room at that time looking back.
27 gün önce
We’ve got machines in work operated by stand alone computers with the date set to the 80s, now. It’s simply not worth the risk to see what would happen if they were left to roll over.
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Aw come on man. its the ninetieees
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“Global Warming” is the new Y2K! Except there is no underlying problem to fix.
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I made a shed load of money out of gullible twats running inconsequential websites who thought they were vulnerable, but weren't.
I was one of the many people building actual copies of electrical grid control systems and painstakingly stepping them through all the problematic dates (not just 1999->2000 but all the leap years that were then out of sequence etc) testing everything and fixing all the MANY hardware and software bugs. In the end, we fixed all our stuff but network switches did fail and caused major issues that were never reported as no company wanted to look incompetent.
Before windows, before amazon, etc. Some people had to go on the street to make a phone call from a public phone. Ah the old days.
I remember this. Someone started it.
I was about 13 years old at the time of this event and I was the only one in our extended family who knew anything about computers and internet and so on so yeah I remember answering SUPER DUMB questions. All the yellow papers scaring the hell off this event and then nothing happened.
I was employed by IBM to test mainframe systems in preparation for Y2K.
I was 3 months and 2 days on 1999/01/01. Do I still qualify as a Y2K glitch?
I had to wear a pin at the bank I was a teller at that blinked "We're OK with Y2K!"
Now we just say YOLO. It's not even reliant on what decade you're in! Truly a genius argument to always do idiotic acts.
I was 15 years old at the turn of the millennium and to this day I honestly thought the reason nothing happened on Jan 1st 2000 was because there was no bug at all. I though we all panicked for absolutely no reason. I am very happy to be informed otherwise. Thank you! 😊🙏
I remember the power actually going down for about 5 minutes right after midnight, so I think that some important systems actually did need to go down for updates.
Many companies that upgraded their computer systems became more efficient and therefore more profitable.
I've been on a Joe binge and going from 2016 to 2020 vidoes I have to say Joe looks a lot happier/healthier now. Keep doing your thing Joe!
While it may have been a bigger issue for mainframes, everyone was freaking bout about home computers. Well I reset the bios to be dec31 1999 and watched it click over to 2000. Aaaaaand nothing happened. So I was telling everyone it was a big nothing even my professor. No one believed me. And then a year later 2000 happened and NOTHING HAPPENED. haha.
Wow. So IBM was warned by a South African in 1986. Mind blown
Hmmm... Epoch? :-P
I was very young at the time, but I recall hearing a catchphrase that took over Brazil: "1000 passará, 2000 não chegará", which stands for "1k is gonna pass, 2k is not gonna arrive". Thrilling, if you ask my drunk uncles at the Sunday BBQ.
For the Y2K, I learned 4 new programming languages to rewrite old code and just "did the job" to make sure systems continued, as most people I know did
Part of the reason people dismiss Y2K is because it is soothing to believe that something so disastrous could never have happened. Especially when the cause is as trivial as the number of digits stored in a computer system. Interesting to think of all the ageing computer gear they had to upgrade at the time. I've encountered companies who are still relying on 30 year old systems for core business functions, I assume with Y2K patches applied!
I made fun of it back then.
Now we have the Corona virus, something we can't do anything about yet, and people are becoming very frightened; several Chinese and Italian cities are under lock down, and the Milan fashion show had no one attending in the audience. If somehow a vaccine became available within a week or so, immunized people would subsequently laugh at all those people who panicked for no reason....
My brother was one of the people that saved us from Y2K bug.
It’s the 21st century
Yeah,I was there, and damn, leaving my ex WAS a good idea! I didn't give 2 shits about Y2K, I knew there wasn't a telecom business that was going to let their company die.
I tested systems for my company. It was sales based, no lives were at risk, but it certainly could have had a financial impact. The systems I tested failed with dates beginning with Jan 1 2000 and later. Had that code not been rewritten, our systems surely would not have worked. So yes, Y2K was real.
Your opener prompted a question... I feel like the various decades of the 20th century were given cultural significance and definition during the decades themselves (ie, “the 70s”, “the 80s”, “the 90s”). I feel that hasn’t happened yet in the 21st century although we’re one-fifth of the way through. When are we going to consider this decade “the 20s” for example?
I still used Amiga back then so no problem.
I love your videos. I'm going to start with that so you understand this isn't actually correct... It would have never been an issue. The fact that the industry world originally was the market the silicone valley focused on. They did not anticipate the computer market to pick up on gaming... A market that actually spiralled the industry into the monster it is today. It was insurance for computer companies. As horrible as that sounds. A perfect product is a product that won't make you money.
I was 22 years into a 31-year career in a multinational manufacturer of consumer products when Y2K hit. While I had no connection to I.T., I saw no glitches or hiccoughs when we flipped millennia. The ONLY tangible connection I ever felt to Y2K was some dialog in the movie "Office Space". Oh, I did buy a reproduction red Swingline 747 stapler from Home Depot, but that's it!
LOL, I totally forgot about "it's the 90's".
Y2k was the biggest joke. Every commercial was y2k related back then.
Vault Boy Steve
I was 10 years old wondering if my PlayStation & PC would brick themselves 😅
Funny, I was around and working for a big IT company in the Netherlands. We visited all our clients with diskettes, testing their software, checking firmware. Loads of stuff in the computer magazines and I actually had a coworker claiming we were all doomed anyway cause the banks would fail. He failed to notice that we actually upgraded some of the more "suspicious" systems and he stayed at home when the 31st of december rolled by. Nothing happened... couple of systems failed but nothing a patch could not fix. I do remember that I love the episode of Dilbert on it :-) Scared? No... cause... what could possible go wrong? At least that was what I thought :-) Missile systems going crazy.... why just pull the plug. Maybe a kinda naive thought.... :-) Then again, I found it funny :-)
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Sigh... When i saw one of your videos titled 7 reasons why trump will win the next election, i was very disappointed in you. Unsubscribed.
I was 9 years old for this. My father was a data scientist who has worked with binary language at the time and incredibly annoyed with the stupidity of his company making him take on MANY MANY more hours to update their damed calendars b4 1/1/00 (honestly, I never understood what the panic was about either tbh). My mum (as with a computer programming history) and dad tried to explain it to me because I would ask what it was every time I saw it on the news. I guess the big concern was because the calendars and clocks on the nation's computers weren't programmed passed <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="719">11:59</a>pm 12/31/99 that once we were passed that time and the computers couldn't go past that, that all technically would shut down. As a 9 year old, I couldn't understand why that would have been a big deal. My parents said people were afraid that it would launch the nukes and shit. My father, who knew how to build computer languages and programs for computers to function with (that is what binary language is used for) was incredibly annoyed with the y2k bs because he knew that the clocks would just zero out and literally nothing else would happen. He was pissed off with having so many more hours to fix something that was, in reality, incredibly minute a problem (I heard him whining about it with my mum and his coworkers on the phone too, so they weren't just playing the situation down for my 9 year old self). I love that people still talk about this, but I also find it incredibly funny when I remember how paranoid people were about technically back then. You have to tell a computer what to do down to the tiniest detail or it won't do anything (or it'll be done improperly if it was commanded by a human incorrectly); this was a time before any type of AI was really a thing so absolutely nothing would be done without the previous specific command impute to do so.
I remember it verrry well. Thanks for posting this, and commenting that, Yes, prevention avoided problems. Maybe not end of the world stuff, but serious issues. I will never forget midnight hitting, and my then wife and I kinda looking around, at each other, then relaxing. But the fear was very there.
We had a big party for Y2K, got drunk Come on - it was the 90s
If Y2k would have shut down the banking, financial market, power and water grids. then we would not have the computer we have to day, because what drove the computer industry was consumer confidence witch would have been lost; so the money spend on R&D would have dried up. So to all that work on fixing the date issue thank very much
I spent hours with my father testing all the systems onboard the two ships he worked on to ensure they were Y2K Compliant.
I was working in a large hospital, and all of our sophisticated medical equipment (then and even more now) had computers running them. Our IT staff were all over it for 3 years prior. Now we have way more vulnerability to such things - electronic medical records come first to mind - hopefully someone will have foresight again. My husband and I panicked a bit and liquefied our investments and took that and our savings and converted it into cash - and sheepishly put it all back 2 weeks later...
Been there, done that and partied like it was 1999!