Feeds

The global guide to Y2K survival

Koreans run to the hills, Kiwis light up a Bar-B -- each to their own

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

December is upon us and our thoughts turn to all things seasonal - sherry, tarts, balls, stuffing, turkey and all the trimmings. But let's not forget that if you're planning to stock up on a few essentials in case you get bitten by our old friend the Y2k bug - the millennium ebola, or Mebola to his closest friends - time is running out. So, if you need inspiration, here's The Register's round up of how preparations are going in different parts of the world.

Korea

Koreans - no strangers to adversity - have decided the best thing to do is flee blindly. Korean firms in Russia and ex-Soviet countries intend to evacuate staff and their families, fearing the worst. Presumably they will return to Korea, where - perception being what it is - they think they'll be safe. But just wait 'til they get back home and find everyone else sheltering in the hills.

US

Americans on the other hand have been holed up in the hills for years. Those that have made it out into the cities need to be reminded of the old ways though. From the list of 14 Dos and 14 Don'ts (of just one in several thousand US guides to surviving the year 2000) it becomes apparent that the basic premise is to assume that everything that can possibly go wrong, will. There simply isn't time to cover the vast preparations - nor is there time to implement them. Oh well.

New Zealand

Of course, our buddies Down Under have a far more human approach to impending destruction. Ever practical, New Zealanders have devised ways in which to combine their favourite pastime with global meltdown. That's right - millennial survival consists of little more than planning for a vast barbecue. So enough food for three days, a bar-b-q, torch/candles/light sticks "these are needed to light your BBQ", petrol (I suppose for those difficult-to-start barbecues) and you're done. Somewhat unpleasantly, the official Y2K guide also suggests you can also drink water from the cistern or hot water cylinder - saves having to leave the house after a good feed, no doubt.

How much food?

The amount of hoarded food is also a good cultural benchmark. The Red Cross recommends three to seven days' worth, California and Florida, seven to ten days' and Canada, two weeks'. UK So what about us Brits? The stiff upper is still there. We won't let something like a catastrophe get in the way of our elevenses. Still, if you feel like playing safe, you may want to stock up on tinned food, but you'll need something to heat it up with. Oh, and don't forget to pack a tin opener. ®

Click here for more Y2K stories from The Register

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.