Digital Apocalypse: Bringing the world unharmed into the new millennium

By Jena Cole
SNN Co-editor
Cole Harbour High School
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

The Y2K bug has been exterminated. Chalk the digital apocalypse up to an urban myth, or a technology scam. The Y2K bug is defunct. As the world watched expectantly for havoc, the clock rolled from 1999 to 2000 with few glitches.

Failures of every form of technology were predicted by highly paid professionals, but none of them occurred. The public was encouraged to stockpile food and water. Many were worried about their bank accounts suddenly going missing because of the turn of the calendar. Nothing happened. There were no terrorist attacks, no world panic about failed heating systems, no chaos whatsoever

.Best selling books were written giving advice on how to prepare for the dreaded bug, now with no sales prospects. Edward Yourdon, a computer programmer in The U. S has warned the world of widespread disorder when the computer odometers rolled over. Yourdon is disappointed the breakdowns he forecast never occurred. Speaking of the unbroken supply of electricity world wide he said to New York Times reporters "by god they did a good job of fixing things." He hasn't yet ruled out computer problems yet. It might take a few weeks for the glitches to present themselves, said the ever hopeful programmer.

As the clock moved closer to 2000 industry was less concerned with the so called bug than the public. A top priority was avoiding a public over reaction that could have over loaded any system. If hundreds of thousands of people had taken money out of the bank, cashed in mutual funds, gotten larger amounts of gas than normal, it would be natural for the systems to overload. The concern was that the public would become so over worried with potential problem that they would cause breakdowns themselves by overloading the systems.

Sheepish consumers have been returning propane, matches and emergency candles by the cartloads to local stores. Danielle Sprite, who works at Zellers Mic Mac Mall commented on the amount of Y2k supplies that she has been returning lately.

"It's crazy, they bought all this stuff to keep them safe, when really it was a hoax. At least they have the option to return everything that they bought because they were led to believe they needed it" she said.

Sprite did not stockpile anything for the turn of the clock. She said she was not worried at all.

Now safe in the new millennium the doomsday prophecies seem outrageous. Planes did not fall from the say, money did not mysteriously disappear from bank accounts, power did not go out, there was no panic. We rolled from one year to another as usual with no problems. Who knows, perhaps the predictions will come true next millennium.