"....now that Y2k is over", Cap'n Dave ponders "Identifying the Next Threat "greenspun.com : LUSENET : TB2K spinoff uncensored : One Thread
Why Bother worrying about "an issue"? Why not just "prepare"? Well, that mightn't be too good for the Sales Department would it?
Don't worry, Cap'n Dave, you can always turn to Brer Gary of the Dark if you need "a new issue".
Identifying the Next Threat
Those of us who like to be prepared generally have scenarios in mind for which we are preparig.
Now that Y2K is over, what should you be preparing for A nuclear attack or accident? A hurricane or tornado? Biological warfare? Long-term power outages this summer? Terrorism? Inflation and depression? Earthquake? Fire? Unemployment or disability? Identify theft? An oppressive government?
If you only knew what potential disaster you would face next, it would be easy, but since none of us have a crystal ball, we recommend that you prepare broadly enough to cover a range of potential disasters, mishaps and emergencies. This way, you can improve your ability to survive any disaster and come out of it better off than the general population. For starters, read Captain Dave's Survival Guide and tune in this summer for a new, expanded version.
Gas Prices Drop, but so Does the NASDAQ. Gas prices are dropping, finally, and the $2 a gallon rate by summer is doubtful anywhere outside of California. Still, it was a scare for most consumers. If you were low on heating oil and had to pay $1.89 or more, you know how easy it is for a shortage to strike.
Lower gas prices should mean lower inflation, and hopefully the Fed will not rush to raise rates further. But can the NASDAQ and tech stocks withstand a dip of 20 percent? Will our confidence in the economy withstand a market that hits 5,000 and then drops close to 4000? OK, so it's an election year, and markets are supposed to go up in an election year, but do you want to really count on this clichi? We recommend that you prepare for inflation, recession, depression and unemployment as aggressively as you woul for a natural disaster.
-- Anon (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 03, 2000
YUP. And it looks like Cap'n Dave might be losing a competitor as "J.C." puts his domain name on the market.
http://www.they2ktimes.com/ DOMAIN NAME FOR SALE ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------- THE Y2K TIMES DOT COM they2ktimes.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------- This domain name is perfect for anyone wanting to build a site around the news and events of the new millennium. This domain name received 1,000 hits a month during 1999 and is bookmarked by an unknown number of browsers. Interested parties should email JAY CUNNINGHAM to discuss.
-- Anon (email@example.com), June 03, 2000.
Course, "MEG" had another take all along. It was just "insurance" wasn't it as long as those cash registers rang over at the Lil Ole "Rocky Mountain Survival Group"
Megs Take on Y2K
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A Final Note
The Y2k bug may turn out to be a flash in the pan. We all may end up with egg on our faces and feel a little silly at making much ado about nothing. So what? If this is the case, every grocer, outfitter and surplus store owner will consider you a friend and you will have helped stimulate the American economy by billions of dollars used to purchase goods and equipment. That's not such a bad consolation prize. I won't mind looking silly at all. I've had a lot of practice my entire life.
On the other hand, if we don't help to prepare the nation, we may wind up as bad as everyone else, DESPITE all of our own personal preparations. We have nothing to lose in this venture, and everything to gain. Think about it, then do something.
meg. 24 July 1998
Happy New Year!!!
Whew! Aren't you glad THAT'S over? I know I am.
Weeel, maybe yeah and maybe nah.
How could they ever "ignore" all deese "facts"?
Captain Dave's Y2K Guide Very comprehensive and fairly objective.
Start your food storage on $10 a week If Old Mother Hubbard had had a food storage program before she went to her cupboard her poor dog would have gotten his bone. Given the fact that her cupboard was bare it was probably because she didnt have the wherewithal to fill it. Finding the resources to put food by against troubled times is a common problem, but it is solvable, even for those of us on tight budgets. In fact, over the long term, the food storage program you start now will save you money. It is like starting a savings account. You earn interest through greater savings in your grocery budget.
With commonsense planning, you can survive hard times This article, I hope, will help you prepare for any eventuality, whether its the Y2K Bug, a major economic collapse, an earthquake or hurricane, or even a death in the family that brings on hard times for you personally. The steps outlined below will also insure a better quality of life if nothing every comes your way.
Plant a Y2K garden- A guide to growing the best crops for coping If the Millennium Bug hits hard, one of the best friends you can have is a practical garden. A key consideration in such a garden is which types of produce can be harvested and simply dumped into a root cellar or dark closet, without processing, and left there until needed.
WHAT'S NEW- Michael Hyatt's current Y2K news reports. This page is updated weekly. There are many web sites that provide "clipping" services of all the latest Y2K news. The problem I have had with these services personally is that there is too much news; you hardly know where to begin. Hyatt presents only the ones he feels are pertinent - and does a pretty good job of it.
Y2K Survival Guide (And Cookbook!) Some interesting articles included in this online book. Not all chapters are presented.
RighTime Company Most PCs will not enter year 2000 (why does it say 1980?) without help. So, from the author of Y2KPCPro , here is Test2000.Exe - a simple, complete and free PC hardware year 2000 diagnostic.
Millennium Tester Check your PC to see if it is Year-2000 compliant. FREE DOWNLOAD
U.S.D.A Y2K Page There are a lot of articles in the papers and on the news about year 2000 problems. There are also other dates of significance, such as 9/9/99 and 2/29/2000 that may cause system problems. Some software will not handle these dates correctly. Rural Utilities Service is concerned that many water and wastewater system owners do not have access to information regarding the issues and methods of assessing the problems and preparing for the change to the new millennium.
C|net - Dangerous Living/Y2K News Page News, Articles, links & software on Y2K and more.
News Now - Y2k News Up to date and prior news feeds on Y2K related stories.
The Center for Real-Time Results of Y2K By December 31st of 1999 Zone 2000 will have people in each of the 24 time zones around the world. They will be online and sending us reports of what's happening as a result of the year 2000 rollover in their part of the planet. With the gracious help of our volunteers we will offer you a timely picture of the post Y2K state of our world . Shortly after local midnight some areas of the world may suffer power outages or other infrastructure failures. Other areas may experience civil unrest or other troubles. Still others may suffer no more than a little too much partying. Whatever the result, we will keep you advised from the fingertips of actual citizens in these places.
Prepare Yourself! The complete Y2K Resource. While primarily a Y2K site, they appear to be doing something very similar to RMSG in that most of the info on the site is composed of links to other informational sites. They have a great deal of information that is not (yet!) on the RMSG pages, so it is well worth checking them out. Pretty fast pages with no frill presentation make it an easy and educational experience.
New Y2K & Survival message Board. Tired of popping in on a message board with thousands of old messages? Heres one thats just starting up! Get in on the ground floor.
State of Colorado -Year 2000 Project Office. Want to know what Colorado is saying/doing about Y2K? Page includes this disclaimer: "The information contained within this website is not intended to be an assurance, guarantee, or warranty concerning Year 2000 compliance of any particular system, product, or department. " Interesting, dont you think?
Y2K Family and Community Awareness Article by a Telecommunications Computer Systems administrator. Reasonable and well written. Definitely worth reading!
Y2K & The Future Social Make-up Interesting views of the world after Y2K
Y2K Community Handout Blatant advertising to hire him for a speech, but pretty good article follows with some interesting links. Go ahead and give it some attention.
Y2K Future News. Could this be prophetic? Maybe, maybe not but it is kinda neat and a lot of fun. Check it out!
Business Impact 2000 Article by a Telecommunications Computer Systems administrator. Reasonable and well written. Definitely worth reading!
Public Impact 2000 Article by a Telecommunications Computer Systems administrator. Reasonable and well written. Definitely worth reading!
Y2k - 2 Be or not 2 Be Article by a Telecommunications Computer Systems administrator. Reasonable and well written. Definitely worth reading!
Cory Hamasaki's DC Y2K Weather Report Cory Hamasaki is a 25 year veteran mainframe programmer. In a newsletter report to Gary North's page, he presents his opinions on the effect of Y2K in a somewhat startling manner. Worth a read, but beware of paranoia.
Does The "Year 2000 Problem" Present Dangers For Your Family? Primarily Christian-based article by Steve Gregg contains a lot of good info, and some really good points for the Christian viewers.
The Millenium Challenge Merrill Lynch, one of the most respected companies in the financial world, provides a realistic view and explanation of the problem. Their 2 part report is well worth reading. "The first day of the 21st century conceivably could bring digital systems -- and with them much of the world -- to a virtual halt. What sounds like science fiction may become harsh reality. The cause: a simple assumption about dates used throughout the world's computers. "
The Cassandra Projects Y2K Chatroom. Sign up here and then join the 24hr chatroom.
Year 2000 Occurrences! Examples of year 2000 problems that have occurred. Contributions to this page is important, so keep forwarding information to us!
Hot Y2K Headlines. Brief summaries with links to Y2K articles. Not all of the links remain valid as news services remove the articles, but the summaries are interesting, too.
Unofficial Comp.Software.Year-2000 FAQ This FAQ provides brief introductory answers to common questions regarding Year 2000 problems. It is a general starting point for further research into specific areas of concern. The material presented here will be updated as new information becomes available, and is as timely and accurate as is possible at this time. Pretty good FAQ for an Unofficial version.
Why The Government's Machines Won't Make It, from Time Magazine's website discusses the apparent inability of the government to fix their own vital systems before the crash.
GLOBAL IMPACT OF Y2K. Lecture given January 20, 1998 by Chuck Missler, transcribed on the Millenium Ark Web Site.
Y2K @ the Checkout Line. A message from a grocer.
The Y2K Bug In Plain English. Discusses the basics of software and embedded systems in easy to understand terms.
What Are The Real Risks? While the article itself doesnt contain much, the embedded, clickable links provide much good info. Worth a gander.
Y2k Humor From Karen Andersons "You Just Gotta Laugh" Page.
The Year 2000 Computer Problem: What Every Woman Needs to Know and How to Keep Herself and Her Family Safe. Insightful article by Karen Anderson.
Y2K Women's Chat Room, by Karen Anderson.
How to Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe in the Event of a Disaster, by Karen Anderson. Here's where Karens perspective as a woman comes in. Shes read a lot of stuff on preparing for the Y2K problem. No disrespect intended, but much of it is written by men who seem to love the idea of slipping into some old army fatigues and redecorating the garage in "early camouflage" so they can act out their Rambo fantasies.
A Womans FAQ on being Prepared for Y2K, by Karen Anderson.
Y2K for Women Y2K explained by women, for women
Senate Hearings on the Y2K Problem. A group of links taking you to hearings reports on FDIC, Transportation, Military, Small Business, Agriculture, Science & Technology and others. Scary stuff.
Significant Y2K Dates & Events to watch for. The Y2kChaos site is by far one of the best informational sites Ive ever seen. They continue to amaze me. This series of articles is a must read.
INDIVIDUAL PREPARATION FOR Y2K. By Paloma O'Riley, The Cassandra Project. The following preparation information is based on worst-case scenario. Our belief and purpose is it is always best to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. A lengthy, fairly interesting text which definitely looks at the worst case scenario.
The Y2K Food & Food Storage Forum. This is an astounding collection of messages by regular folks interested in the listed topic. Just remember that everything here is someones opinion, ok? Read the instructions for use before attempting to participate in the forum. It aint complicated, but it IS necessary.
The Y2K Barter & Inventory Forum. This is an astounding collection of messages by regular folks interested in the listed topic. Just remember that everything here is someones opinion, ok? Read the instructions for use before attempting to participate in the forum. It aint complicated, but it IS necessary. Lots of great info that you may not have seen or heard before.
THE Y2K GENERAL DISCUSSION FORUM.This forum is by Christians for Christians. This is not a public Forum, but they encourage the Public to participate according to the rules. All posts are considered hypothetical and are the responsibility of the posting person. They welcome all points of view including opposing points of view. If you let personal belief systems stop you from visiting this forum, youll only be hurting yourself. The information and range of info on this forum is truly amazing.
Possible PC Solutions for Y2K. You yourself can test the operation of your desktop PC's internal clock and BIOS. You can also use one of the prepackaged PC BIOS compliance checkers that are intended to be user-friendly and somewhat self-explanatory. Once a problem has been observed, there are patching techniques and third party solutions that can be used on most older PCs.
The Year the Earth Stands Still, by Gary North. At 12 midnight on January 1, 2000 (a Saturday morning), most of the world's mainframe computers will either shut down or begin spewing out bad data. Most of the world's desktop computers will also start spewing out bad data. Tens of millions -- possibly hundreds of millions -- of pre- programmed computer chips will begin to shut down the systems they automatically control. This will create a nightmare for every area of life, in every region of the industrialized world. Super scary article for ya.
-- Anon (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 03, 2000.
1,ooo hits a month? ROTFLMAO, a 1,ooo? Domain ain't worth the renewal fee based on them eyeballs, but heh, go for it stranger things have happened. And who do I email? Richie that dude from Happy days was it?
-- Doc Paulie (email@example.com), June 03, 2000.
Ya know, some things never change. cpr is still> boring.
-- (Another@new.name), June 03, 2000.
Does anyone else wonder who to listen to if there really is a looming disaster? What if the "wolf" really does come? Who should we listen to?
-- Jeanne (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 03, 2000.