Welcome to the year 2000

Well the zero hour came and went with no ill effects. Susan and I, along with my brother, Randy, watched the festivities on TV and The Net from my house. Sometime around midnight we popped the cork on a bottle of cheap champagne and toasted the New Year. We had a few laughs at how many media and marketing people still thought that this was the beginning of a new millennium. Even stranger, at least one news network was claiming that this was beginning of the second millennium (off by 999 years instead of just 1 like everyone else!). The local news indicated that a large fine had been implemented to prevent people from firing their guns in the air (hey! If you can’t fire your guns in the air to celebrate the New Year in Texas, what’s the world coming too!).

All the servers at NCC are still up and running. The phones kept working, the grid stayed up. We’ve noticed lots of minor problems since. The next morning at Le Peep, the waiter left us a check with a date of 1/1/20. The Paramount web site said the next Voyager episode would air on 1/1/1900. The Swiss atomic clock pegged the date at 1/1/19100. I’m sure we’ll find more such annoyances in the coming months and I expect the world will be cleaning up the mess for the next year.

The End of the World as We Know It

Less than 6 hours to go now. As I type this, the final backups are being transferred off our web servers. All of our DNS files, databases, and other important stuff is safely stored. When they finish, I’ll be powering down all non-essential hardware and heading for home. I’m not expecting much to happen but you never know. Most likely I’ll be back at work monday doing the usual sorts of things but if it really is TEOTWAWKI, I’m ready. We’ve stocked up on ammo, cheesy-poofs, and other survival essentials. When the bikers and mutants kick down our door, they’ll find me ready to defend our last Pop-Tart with the AR-15 and Glock (and Susan is pretty handy with her Smith & Wesson too). Good luck to all. See ya on the other side.