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Thursday December 2, 1999

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WebSkulker was one-upped 

It's about time for WebSkulker to do a Y2K issue, and he has been planning for a while to have the theme be "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself" as FDR said during the depression.  His point would be that the computers of the world won't have that many problems and nothing much will go wrong.  But if people fear things will go wrong, their behavior could cause panics and problems: the classical self-fulfilling prophesy.  WebSkulker likes to be accurate and he couldn't remember the precise wording of FDR's quote.  He did a web search to find it and low and behold, one of the hits was an article exactly like he planned to write, mentioning FDR and everything:

So just read that article and pretend WebSkulker wrote it.  Then WebSkulker planned to write a technical article about how you jr. skulkers should approach the task of making sure your personal computer, operating system, and application programs are Y2K compliant.  There have been, of course, lots of articles about this topic also.  We found one that is, again, very much like the one we were planning to write, with similar links to Microsoft and other sites that will help you analyze and fix any problems:

So just read that one also and pretend we wrote it.  There is one important site that this article didn't mention: Microsoft's own Y2K site at:

One of the computer industry's fears is that people will write and distribute viruses set to go off at the end of the year; yet another example of a self-fulfilling prophesy.  For this reason (and general marketing reasons) several vendors of anti-virus software are offering 90 day free trials to encourage everyone to make sure there are no Y2K viruses on their machines.  Microsoft discusses this at:

Skulk over to your local Blockbuster

Another good resource for you to check out is a 30 minute video called "Is your Computer Ready for the Year 2000" published by Microsoft.  You can borrow a copy for free at your local Blockbuster store, or view it online at:
If you borrow the video at Blockbuster, they will also lend you the Microsoft Year 2000 Resource CD.  This CD will save you time because you won't have to download Microsoft's Y2K resources.

WebSkulker highly recommends this video for computer novices.  It shows step by step what to do, and explains the technical concepts very well.

WebSkulker is very afraid

Jr. Skulker JennyAnn submitted this site which points out that the Y2K problem is nothing compared to the upcoming Y5B problem!

This one is popular with the jr. skulkers

Three jr. skulkers, Tom McWilliams, JennyAnn, and Marvelena Quesada submitted a poem floating around the Internet called "Twas the Night Before Y2K."  The above link is our favorite because it not only has the poem, but music and animated GIF's.

Jr. Skulker Goat Boy submitted this site which shows a picture of what your office will look like in 2000 if the direst predictions come true.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Larry Anderson

Memo to boss re: Changing calendars from Y2K

I hope I haven't misunderstood your instructions because, to be honest, none of this Y to K problem makes much sense to me. Anyway, I have made all of the necessary conversions on the company calendars for next year. They just returned from the printer and are ready to be distributed with the following new months: 


Naturally, I also changed the days of the week to:


We are now Y to K compliant.


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