Site keeping track of Web's Y2K victims

January 10, 2000|By Michael Stroh

The computer world's brightest minds may have licked the Y2K bug and stopped it from mucking up the new year. But 17-year-old Matt Ashburn thinks the nation's nerds shouldn't get too cocky.

On his new Web page the high school senior from Martinsville, Va., has documented more than a hundred Web sites that succumbed to the millennium bug, usually in the form of screwy dates.

"We just find it funny that, even after months of preparation by the entire world, some sites have had date and year-related follies," he writes on the site.

Some of the glitches are downright embarrassing. The Auckland International Airport boasted "No Y2K problems have been experienced" on its New Year's Day home page.

Too bad the site was stamped 1 Jan 100.

Hewlett-Packard's Year 2000 Program home page read "Date Invalid." Apple, Microsoft, E*Trade and the New York Times had bizarre dates on their Web sites.

So did famous time-keepers such as watchmaker Swatch and the ultra-precise U.S Naval Observatory, which on Jan. 2 declared there were "59,958,168,524 seconds" left until the year 2000.

At least Case Western Reserve University had a sense of humor about the whole thing. It created a Y2K spoof site complete with antique photos, Old West fonts and a sticker boasting "Yahoo's #1 Most Wired College of 1899."

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