Y2K: An Autobiography
An Interview Interlude - A Y2K Conversation with a Journalist

An Interview Interlude - A Y2K Conversation with a Journalist

March 23, 2020

I thought it would be useful to give you a taste of the interviews that are in the Ondemand section of this Podcast series. 

Join me as I have a conversation with Murray Campbell who was once a Journalist with The Globe and Mail and who was brave enough to fly with me from Chicago, IL to Heathrow London that fateful night.

Spoiler... we survived. 

p.s. I will continue with 'It was a Change Problem' April 6th - my schedule is a bit up in the air, as is everyone else's these days. 

Episode #06 It was a Change Problem

Episode #06 It was a Change Problem

March 13, 2020

While Y2K was a technical problem for those who worked directly on it, for myself and a few others who were attempting to create awareness - it was first and foremost a Change Management Problem.

I've wrestled with how to present this particular aspect of the project. I could just talk about what I did through the 1990s, but that would only highlight the results of my thoughts and not how I decided what to do.

So, I've decided to do this in two parts;-

In the first? I'll focus on why it was a change project and what 'Change Concepts' I used to frame the 'awareness' project.
In many ways this session is a template for any real world problem where a change is desired, but can't be commanded to happen.
I'll spend time on explaining WHAT the template is attempting to achieve and why each component is important.
This is what I'll present this friday

In the second part, episode #7 - with the framework in place - I'll fill in the Y2K particulars.

Together They'll provide a 'theoretical framework' and then a real world example of how to use that framework. Hopefully? You'll be able to take these two as a framework for your future Change initiatives.

Note? Episode #6, while it will touch on Y2K - it'll be primarily about 'Change' - and less about Y2K
Episode #7 will highlight exactly how things like, the Y2K cartoon book, the NY Stock Exchange 'de Jager' index, and putting year2000 website up on eBay
served an agenda other than what was visible to anyone other than myself.

In more than 2,000 Y2K interviews - none of the above was ever discussed.

Join me as I explore the strategy behind much of what was visible.

Update on the Y2K Interviews

Update on the Y2K Interviews

March 10, 2020

A quick update on the Y2K Interviews available in the ondemand sections of this podcast

You can find the interviews here; www.vimeo.com/ondemand/y2k

Episode #05 A Tale of Two Y2Ks

Episode #05 A Tale of Two Y2Ks

February 27, 2020

Y2K isn't one story - there was a technical side and there was the hyperbole.

We went from Y2K - an 'acronym' for 'Year 2000' - a purely technical issue about a field overflow problem to?

TEOTWAWKI --- another acronym for THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!!! ... caps and exclamation points are used deliberately to convey what can only be described as unfettered hysteria.

Join Peter as he explores how the message of this technical issue was almost destined to spin out of control. And... his look back on how he was involved on both sides of the final perception of Y2K

Cheers
Peter de Jager

p.s. This podcast is meant to be a lookback at Y2K and those who were involved - IF you were involved? Contact me - your story should be a part of this archive.

Episode #04 The Y2K Failures: Before, During and Today

Episode #04 The Y2K Failures: Before, During and Today

February 12, 2020

One of the biggest misconceptions about Y2K is that it was much to do about nothing.

'Nothing happened' is the generally accepted narrative.

This episode is a litany of errors. Those than came before 'Y2K' was a thing, Those that we caused while trying to fix what we found, the problems we found and had no choice but to fix, the problems that happened on the 'day' and all the many problems that continued long after January 1st 2000... all the way up to 2020 AND the ones that will inevitably show up as we cross specific trip wires in the future.

Y2K was an issue - we have the receipts

The Premium version of this episode is located here: www.vimeo.com/ondemand/Y2K

Episode #03 - A Storm of Solutions

Episode #03 - A Storm of Solutions

January 26, 2020

This time around - we focus on how exactly we 'solved' Y2K. From full date expansion to adding Century codes, from the Temporary fix that was date windowing,  to something out of Star Trek called Time Warping. And of course, all the implications for any of the fixes that we deployed. 

Episode #02 The Tech Problem in Great Detail

Episode #02 The Tech Problem in Great Detail

January 13, 2020

How we fixed Y2K, from Field Expansion to Date Windowing, from Time Warping Data to Triage

CORRECTION to the description... )This is what happens when you work when down with the creeping crud).

The title is correct... It IS about the tech problem and it sets the stage for fixing it via the techniques mentioned. THIS episode is JUST the technical details that affected HOW we'd apply the fixes described. 

Note to self -- Murphy's laws are always in play... even in session descriptions. sigh.

Episode #01 Why did it matter?

Episode #01 Why did it matter?

December 30, 2019

Peter explains what were the drivers behind the Y2K concerns and his determination to get people to pay attention to the issue.
You can email him at: Pdejager@Technobility.com

Update on Status of the Podcast

Update on Status of the Podcast

November 11, 2019

A quick update on the status of the Podcast

Identifies the plan for at least 10 episodes, the schedule and support options. 

The real show begins Jan 1st

An overview of the upcoming podcast schedule to officially launch Jan 1st 2020

An overview of the upcoming podcast schedule to officially launch Jan 1st 2020

April 2, 2019

If you'd like to see the video component of this? Head to: https://vimeo.com/327913268
If you'd like to contact me, perhaps to be interviewed as part of the series? You can do that via; Pdejager@technobility.com