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WHY-2-K?

Updated: Jan 22, 2019



It's the last day of December 1999, there's a humble feeling in the air as the world watches the clock.. tick tock it counts down closer to midnight.

New Zealand one of the first countries in the world to see the New Year arrive, utters a little prayer under its breath, "please God, don't let the world explode at midnight!"


it seems a little silly now, looking back at this apprehension, but at the time it was quite a reality. The Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, and the daily star signs in the NZ Herald had all predicted something catastrophic, and it would be foolish to shrug off these warnings as mere paranoia. After all, the biggest concern was whether the millions of computers we had left to run the world would continue to run past midnight.Or if some, perhaps even all, might fail as the code which they were reliant on unfortunately did not accommodate such date as Jan 1 2000.



Humanity felt a little foolish this night, as the clock drew closer to midnight. How could we have allowed for such an inevitable disaster to occur? This was a considerable oversight, to say the least.


Armies of programmers worked for months leading up to this pending disaster readying machines to be able to accept the Year 2000 switch over. Dubbed Y2K it was perhaps less of a concern than the media made it out to be, but few were truly confident it was nothing to be concerned about. Even a minute chance of this happening to a single machine in control of a single plane could spell disaster.



As the clock struck midnight I remember the joy in the room. I was a little tiddly so perhaps that was to blame, but I'm sure that it was mostly the relief that we had made it through unscathed. The disaster had been avoided and we quickly turned to social media on our smartphones to let the rest of the world know we were safe. Ok, that last bit didn't happen, but I'm sure it would have if it happened now.


So what did we learn from Y2K?

One of the key takeaways was obviously that life is precious and disaster can come from even the things designed to serve us. But perhaps more important was what happened before the strike of midnight. In the months leading up to this moment were uncountable hours put in by programmers, digging through code, looking for potential bug events and finding ways to mitigate those in advance. This is the real lesson. That danger can be avoided if you prepare for it in advance.


So, naturally being an I.T support company this seems a fitting moment to remind you that your I.T. is much the same. You need to protect your business and I.T systems in advance of issues occurring. Don't let a future bug take you down! Get a team like us to check it out for you.


If you feel the need to talk to us about your Business security requirements, drop us a line here, and we will be glad to investigate for you: Assist@stratusblue.co.nz


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