Rather than permitting four digits for the year, numerous PC programs just permitted two digits (e.g., 99 rather than 1999). Thus, there was huge frenzy that PCs would not be able to work when the date slipped from "99" to "00".
A simple clock history
But what was this bug that could have blocked the whole world? It was above all a question of the internal clock integrated into the computers, and which then only took into account the years on 2 digits, instead of the 4 necessary.
As the video below explains, on the occasion of the transition to the year 2000, it was feared that computer clocks would go back to 1900, without changing the century, disrupting machines that had become unable to access information " later" than this new date now retained by the systems.
A real concern for individuals, of course, but especially for the whole of a globalized society dependent on computers.
Why Y2K was scary
In the United States and all over the world, companies offer to intervene to ensure the compatibility of the systems. Billions of dollars in losses are anticipated if computer systems around the world are not repaired. Updates are therefore sold en masse.
Finally, it is the expenses generated to avoid the catastrophe which reach peaks. According to some sources, IT expenditure was estimated at more than 300 billion dollars during that year.
What does Y2K style mean ?
The Y2K, which means Year 2K, the 2000s, is this trend of updating everything that is related to this period, especially in the fields of fashion and pop culture. This movement extends over the period of the late 90s and the beginning of the 2000s.
This enthusiasm stems from the nostalgia of some for those years rocked by the rhythms of Britney Spears or the follies of Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie...
Strongly criticized, the fashion of the 2000s considered flashy, did not have a good reputation until then. Today, it is resurrected and all fashionistas swear by it!
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