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The Millennium Bug : How to Survive the Coming Chaos Hardcover – May 1, 1998
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With lots of quotes popping out from the pages and plenty of bulleted lists, The Millennium Bug is written in typical manager-book style. It's heavy with case studies, news items, and endnote references to the author's sources. Hyatt's purpose is to alert technology decision-makers to a plausible worst-case Y2K scenario and to motivate them to do something about it. The author presents a range of possible developments, from mere annoyance with consumer services to widespread starvation as a result of infrastructure breakdown. Hyatt also foresees a plague of lawsuits filed by shareholders, the families of deceased patients, and swarms of other people harmed by Y2K failures.
Hyatt's advice: move to a small town with a volunteer fire department, stockpile food, secure access to a reliable source of fresh water, and buy a gun and ammunition for fending off looters. The winter of 1999-2000 will be a hard one, Hyatt predicts, and the crisis may last a long time indeed--have reading material on hand. --David Wall
From the Inside Flap
Today computers are involved in every part of our lives, from electrical power, to banks, to emergency medical service. But none of us has ever experienced the kind of worldwide computer crash that will result on account of the Millennium Bug. When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2000, computer systems all over the world will fail--and, as author Michael Hyatt shows, the results could be disastrous.
You could lose electricity--not just for a couple of hours or days, but for weeks, months, or even years.
Phones could stop working, making it impossible to contact 911 or the police.
Military defense systems could crumble.
Banks around the world could fail, leaving you unable to access funds and eventually spawning a global depression.
Packed with up-to-the-minute information on the problem and practical suggestions to ensure survival, The Millennium Bug provides an easy-to-understand plan for securing important documents, stockpiling food and household goods, creating new forms of currency, and more. As Hyatt shows, we can protect ourselves--but time is running short, and we need to start now. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Y2K came and went, nothing much happened, and our infrastructure didn't get fouled up any more than usual.
Which is what a lot of us predicted all along.
This book was full of half-truths, outdated information (even when first published) and scare tactics. He obviously tried to use the uncertainty of y2k for his own financial gain. Do yourself a favor and avoid books by the doom & gloom camp. They'll be back with another catastrophe (e.g. asteroid, aliens, disease, etc.) pushing their books again. Don't bite their bait.
It gets 3 stars for providing some comedy to a reader today!
Part says there is still a chance that after decade after 2000, Y2K could still be around!!!
Excellent sources are quoted such as: De Jager, Yardeni, The GartnerGroup, Steven Horn, IDC, etc., but all of these have since changed the predictions and tone of what they are saying since "The Millenium Bug" was published. I was impressed at the level of research and backing for his claims, but I have more confidence in recent offerings such as De Jager's "Countdown Y2K" (more of a business approach) and Yardeni's "Year 2000 Recession" (Looks at economic impact). Yardeni's book is on the Web, which allows for ongoing updates.
That said, Hyatt's views of three major possible outcomes is excellent. Even better is the epilogue, which examines the problem from a point of view which cannot be ignored or discounted. The epilogue is "the" message in my view. You won't get this perspective from the other Y2K "gurus ". Read it and find out what I'm talking about.
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Remember how all the lights went out at midnight on Y2K, a series of cascading failures every hour on the hour until the world was plunged into darkness and chaos, and how the... Read morePublished on December 22, 2007 by Brian Connors
Who didn't know this book was a joke when it came out? I never bought it before Y2K, but have it now as a commemorative peice of evidence to prove how wacky most people are. Read morePublished on June 7, 2004
Terrible writing! Who is this guy? The information could have been interesting, but it was blandly conveyed. Don't waste your money. Charmin is much softer.Published on March 25, 2000