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The Register disappears up its own fundament with a Y2K prank to make a BOFH’s grinchy heart swell with pride

Y2K Welcome to Y2K, The Register’s stagger through the events of two decades ago, some of which are perhaps a little closer to home than we’d thought. Today’s Y2K shenanigans come from a reader we will call “Jim”, who had the thankless task of upgrading the Solaris servers for an Australian telco. More than 3,000 of the things required attention from the team, but since the upgrade procedure was…

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Behold Schrödinger’s Y2K, when software went all quantum

Y2K Welcome to Y2K, The Register’s collection of ramblings from readers tasked with dealing with what almost happened – but didn’t – during those halcyon days of two decades past. Today’s remembrance comes from a reader the Reg Y2K pseudoriser has elected to name “Clive”. Clive had the thankless task of managing a software support team as the Y2K “event” hit. “We were responsible for a large worldwide customer…

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Today’s budget for application improvements is brought to you by the letters “Y”, “K” and the number “2”

Y2K Welcome to Y2K, a series of tales from Register readers who found themselves at the sharp, pointy end of the turn of the century IT panic of two decades ago. Today’s tale comes from Stephen, a chap who modestly lays claim to nearly 40 years of commercial PC experience. He clearly must have been very naughty in a previous life. His first dalliance in the PC world was…

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Remembering Y2K call-outs and the joy of the hourly contractor rate

Y2K There’s a reason why some in IT remember the days of Y2K fondly. To quote a lyric from an erstwhile pop combo of the 80s, it really could be “Money for Nothing” for a lucky few. Welcome to The Register’s reader recollections of the era. “Ed” – his name for the purposes of this tale – had joined the exodus from the permie world that was happening back…

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Beware the Y2K task done too well, it might leave you lost in Milan

Y2K Welcome to Y2K, The Register’s short series of what was acceptable at the end of the 90s as the world prepared for the digitapocalypse. Today’s tale of derring-do comes from a reader we’re going to call “Pete” and is a warning of what could happen if you did that Y2K job just a bit too well. Back in the 1990s, Pete was gainfully employed as an infrastructure tech…

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Two missing digits? How about two missing employees in today’s story of Y2K

Y2K Welcome to Y2K, The Register’s trip down the memory lane of the fear generated by those two naughty digits, and the cash flung at contractors to deal with them. Today’s story comes from a reader the Y2K-anonomatic has decided to call “Liam” and is a reminder of the unexpected surprises uncovered while all those bugs got fixed. Liam was working at “an unpopular publisher” (not Vulture Central, we…

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Y2K? It was all just a big bun-fight, according to one Reg reader

Y2K Welcome to Y2K, The Register‘s Christmas gift to those that missed the insanity of all those years ago, and those who remember it all too well. Today’s tale comes from a reader we’ll call “Bill” and is a reminder of just how silly things got back in the day, as Y2K paranoia swept the nation. Bill had taken early retirement from a career in Oceanography, switched gears, and…

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A user’s magnetic charm makes for a special call-out for our hapless hero

On Call Welcome to On Call, that time of the week where you can take time out from fretting about the days just past and nod sympathetically/take delight in tales of those that must smile and nod before the wrath of the user. “Max” got in touch to tell us about the time he was faced with what he delicately called a “trouble ticket” in the early part of…

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I caught Disco Elysium fever. No, not the Saturday Night kind. I was really quite poorly

The RPG Greetings, traveller, and welcome back to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. Happy birthday to me and merry Winterfest to you, gamers of the world moonlighting as IT pros. And let’s not forget to have a bountiful New Year. It’s been an absolute blast writing this thing for the past eight months, so thanks for reading. We round out 2019 with a look at one…

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Beware the three-finger-salute, or ‘How I Got The Keys To The Kingdom’

Friday is upon us, and with it another On Call story from those poor souls who have to answer the phone when everything goes wrong. Not all heroes wear capes and, as we’ll see, remember to ward their Linux servers from an enthusiastic boss. “Hans” is the contributor of today’s tale, and his story takes place some 15 years ago, the era of the Friends finale, Shrek 2 and,…

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