Y2K: An Autobiography
Episode #11 Missed Opportunities Y2K Legacy Systems

Episode #11 Missed Opportunities Y2K Legacy Systems

June 11, 2020

Covid-19 resulted in Lockdowns,

which resulted in Unemployment levels that exceeded all past expectations,

which resulted in Unemployment systems - usually in the legacy category - bursting at the seams

which resulted in call outs to COBOL programmers

which highlighted a flaw in how we view 'Legacy Systems' 

It's not about old code - it's about old systems designs. 

Since Y2K involved many of these same systems, the question arises did we miss an opportunity? 

This episode takes a look at one area where Y2K remediation failed miserably. 

Episode #10 The Embedded System Problem

Episode #10 The Embedded System Problem

May 26, 2020

What was the Embedded system problem?
How we know it was real,
what we imagined and
what we worried about. 

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Episode #09 Y2K & COVID-19 What They Share

Episode #09 Y2K & COVID-19 What They Share

May 11, 2020

A Look at the commonalities that people have been discussing... why they occur and why they are normal human behaviours.



Episode #08 24 Conferences 4 Countries 60 Minutes

Episode #08 24 Conferences 4 Countries 60 Minutes

April 24, 2020

A look at a small subset of the many conferences that were held around the world during the 1990s.
The topics presented, how the story changed as we moved from Innovators to Early Adopters, from Early Majority to Late Majority and to save time? We ignored the laggards.

Episode #07 It was a Change Problem - Part 2 of 2

Episode #07 It was a Change Problem - Part 2 of 2

April 6, 2020

We treated it as a Change Initiative, here's how we did that. 

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

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

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