20 years since Y2K

Most of what I remember was my first taste of internet-fueled anxiety. The newly-commericialized web, teeming with articles from preppers, conspiracy theorists, religious doomsayers, and actual reporters. I was working at Cleveland Live coming in at 5AM to make sure the day's news files from The Cleveland Plain Dealer had arrived via FTP and stitching them together into HTML. As the fancy new local news website -- our commercial radio spots pronounced the 'www-dot' out loud -- we had several televisions in the office tuned to national news. So my work life was pretty much all news all day.

It was a good year for movies. It was likely the first year I heard the word "blog" used in media, probably on the local NPR station. My ongoing fascination with DHTML -- which today we'd call "DOM manipulation via JavaScript and CSS" -- was beginning to morph into a kind of profession.

I don't recall being too wound up over Y2K, but I was eventually convinced that keeping a few plastic gallon milk jugs filled with water, storing them in the kitchen closet, just in case, was a wise thing to do in any situation.

Anyway, I was oncall the night of Y2K. I probably went to a party with friends. I woke up on January 1st 2000 and logged into our system from my 1998 Gateway PC. I saw that nothing of note had happened, save the beginning of a new century and millenium. I compiled a list of links to related news stories and posted them along with a stock photo of the Earth, adding a section headline paraphrased from the PD: "Y2K Bug Nowhere To Be Found As Millenium Sweeps Across The Globe."

I posted the news. It was sunny out, so I went somewhere.


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