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January 4, 2000 | Associated Press
Al Gore helped lead the federal response to Y2K, but that doesn't mean his own Internet operations went bug-free. The computer glitch took a tiny bite out of Gore's campaign Web site. The glitch came inside his "virtual town hall," where a message from a supporter was dated Jan. 3, 19100. When 1999 became 2000, some computers decided that the year following 1999 is 19-100.
December 9, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at
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.
March 9, 1999 | Reuters
Early results looked good in a Wall Street test for signs of the millennium bug, which some experts believe threatens to crash computers around the world on Jan. 1 because of a software glitch. The Securities Industry Assn., the trade group organizing the test, said Monday that results from Saturday's dry run were "better than expected," but the real test is yet to come.
October 30, 1999 | Associated Press
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.
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."
January 17, 1999 | Patt Morrison
Think of it: for all those centuries of our human past, we believed that the power to bring mankind to grief and ruin lay in the hands of gods or God, wrathful or dispassionate. Flood and fire and earthquake and drought were the tools of forces or deities, not ourselves. Only since World War I, a tick ago on the cosmic clock, have we held in our own hands the power of our own efficient end.
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 | Associated Press
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 | Reuters
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 | TOM PETRUNO
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.
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