Wow! This is great news, Balam. We gotta keep tracking this one.
Anyone in NY, yoo-hoo Vik????, please nose around, find out more
>For those of you that still think that Y2K is
>hype take a look at this article in ComputerWeekly.
>NY IT blues (excerpts follow)
>State halts new projects as report warns of
>By Liam White
>Governor George Pataki declared "a moratorium on
>all new technology initiatives which impact an
>agency's ability to achieve date compliance".
Does this mean,
1. No new projects will be funded.
2. New development projects with line items in the budget will be
3. New development projects performed by existing staff and
O&M contractors will be cancelled now.
4. In all cases above, the staff will be reassigned to Y2K
I don't think it does but 1-4 are what I would do. I suspect Gov.
Pataki means 1 and perhaps 2 when it occurs to someone.
I'm eagerly awaiting 4. I want to see the Pee Cee Wee Nee's moving
the TN3270 cursor on the output from LISTC and double clicking on:
>Both city and State governments must find hundreds
>of millions of dollars to tackle the millennium bug...
>The city's trouble is compounded by the recent
>departure of the head of its year 2000 project
>to a job in the private sector...
Of course, this bailout effect was predicted a year ago. Why should
a Y2K director take the heat for the guarenteed failure, having his
picture on the cover of the Times as the reason for the food and
transportation riots <whatever, this is a metaphor, OK> when he can
bail to another job and double his salary. Anyone who stays is
incompetant or stupid. <Altruism isn't the issue, you can easily
find another job that needs to be done but will pay more.>
Bailout effect applies to geeks double. Denial ended last month,
it's time to rock 'n roll!
>.... expects the city's hospitals to be reduced
>to accepting emergency cases only, and schools
>to be closed for up to a month. Power supplies
>and telecoms are only expected to be available
>at half their normal levels, and banks and the
>stock market will be shut for up to eight days...
eight days???? They'll be open, it's just that there will be chaos.
>....predictions for New York in 2000
> Electricity supply only 50% available 1-10 January
> Hospitals emergency-only for four weeks
> Schools closed for four weeks
> Stock market and banks closed for eight days
> Telecoms - 50% availability 1-10 January
> Post - 10 days disruption
> Transport (air/rail/bus) - 30 days disruption
>Why do I think that they are still
>underestimating the whole thing?
Perhaps you're not a denial-head?