How the UK coped with the millennium bug 15 years ago

In the final months of 1999 concern grew into panic that the millennium bug was going to cause computers to malfunction and potentially endanger everything from tills to power stations. It didn’t happen quite like that, but the public safety warnings from the time remain intriguing.

The eight-page pullout that Action 2000 placed in British newspapers in 1999 is a snapshot of the technology in a home at the time.

The government-backed advice booklet warns what to do about video recorders, answer phones and fax machines. The illustrations are of cathode ray tube computer monitors.

The bug had first been predicted years before. An article in Computer World magazine in 1993 was one of the first to attempt to bring it to a wider audience. “Have you ever been in a car crash?” the article asked. “Unfortunately, unlike the car crash, time will not slow down for us. If anything, we’re accelerating toward disaster.”

I remember testing and assuring everyone on the management team at Fitch we had no issues..

How the UK coped with the millennium bug By Luke Jones BBC

My cover photo is taken from the article.

Comments (1)

  1. Gemma Baker

    Great article, I must admit I was really worried my Walkman would not work after midnight 2000!! Luckily for me and many others my Walkman did still work, but the introduction of the Smart phone in the mid 20s the poor old Walkman has sadly become a thing of the past (but I hear they are still being made!!)

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