December 9, 1999 |
At tourist destinations around the world, New Year's celebrations have failed to live up to expectations, and things are no different in Orange County, at least on non-Disney turf. As a consequence, discounting has begun. One example is the Waterfront Hilton, a four-diamond hotel in Huntington Beach, where unbooked rooms remain plentiful with less than a month until Y2K. The hotel has cut the minimum price for a two-night millennium stay from $1,999 to $850, a spokeswoman said.
October 30, 1999 |
Major phone companies are sending an unusual New Year's plea to their customers: Don't pick up that phone! They fear millions of people will check for a dial tone just after midnight on Jan. 1 to see whether their phone service survived the Y2K bug. Add them to all the folks who ring in the New Year by calling family and there's a potential for a telecommunications traffic jam. Some callers who pick up their handsets might hear nothing or get a fast busy signal.
November 1, 1999 |
As anxiety swept the country last year about the frightening fallout from the 2000 computer glitch, sales of freeze-dried products soared at AlpineAire Foods. "In the summer of '98 it went bonkers," recalled Rod Allen, sales manager at AlpineAire, a leading freeze-dried food processor based in Rocklin, Calif. "Our sales tripled."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1999
Mayor Richard Riordan is scheduled to announce a countywide initiative today linking county and city officials with private industry to ensure that Southern California does not suffer major disruptions in the rollover to 2000.
December 25, 1999 |
Would-be millennium mothers have been advised to bring a flashlight to the hospital in case the Y2K computer bug causes a power failure, two Leicester hospitals said Friday. Letters were sent to women likely to deliver their babies between Dec. 29 and Jan. 3 at Leicester General Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital Maternity Unit in Leicester, in central England.
December 12, 1999 |
More than one-third of Chicago-area residents plan to hoard water and food and withdraw extra cash from banks as a precaution against the millennium bug, according to a poll released Saturday. Forty percent want to stock bottled water, 34% to save food and 36% to withdraw extra cash. The telephone poll of 515 residents was commissioned by the Chicago Tribune and conducted by research company Market Shares Corp. earlier this month.
September 19, 1999 |
Wall Street loves a good mystery when the potential payoff for guessing the outcome is significant. But what to do about Y2K? This event messes with the market's mind in a big way. Financial markets, after all, are supposed to discount the future--that is, investors are supposed to price securities at any moment based on some reasonable assumptions about the economy, corporate earnings, interest rates, etc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1999 |
Worried about the year 2000 and possible computer chaos? Don't panic; be prepared. That's the advice from the city of Los Angeles, which kicked off a public information campaign Wednesday to help educate residents. Mayor Richard Riordan and Councilman Alex Padilla, who heads the council's Information Technology and General Services Committee, said its For You 2 Know (For Y2K) campaign includes a list of Top 10 tips that will help Angelenos overcome potential problems.
July 5, 1999 |
Digital faux pas redux: In trying to drum up a little legal business by playing up the Y2K bug, law firm Latham & Watkins last week touted a survey the firm commissioned that found nearly half of Americans would hold the owner of a business responsible for inconveniences due to a lack of Y2K compliance on the part of the company. But Latham, a big-time operation based in Los Angeles and with a significant computer and technology group in Orange County, seems a bit behind the times itself.
November 3, 1999 |
Have you spent money making your computers and software programs Y2K compliant? If so, let your insurer know about your expenses right away--because you may recover them under obscure language found in your business property insurance policy. The key lies in what insurers call the "sue and labor" or "preservation of property" provisions common in property insurance.