#1409 Marine Links Bruce McConnell’s Front-Running Y2K Shock to Crimewatch Dando Serco Clock
Plum City – (AbelDanger.net). United States Marine Field McConnell’s plans for a Y2K shock and awe attack on the Internet, to the murder of Jill Dando in 1999 in an alleged attempt to stop the Crimewatch presenter from exposing his use of Serco’s NPL clock in front-running news of mass-murder events such as the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building.
“How to Prepare Your Family for Y2K” – 1999 – pt. 1 of 5!
Jill Dando Death ITN Evening News 26 April 1999
“By Anik Jesdanun and Frank Bajak
New York, Dec. 26
The nation’s Year 2000 czar is now a deputy mayor in Washington, D.C. The $50 million Y2K crisis center houses George W. Bush’s transition team. The international Y2K coordinator plans to relax with friends this New Year’s Eve.
A year after the turn-of-the-millennium computer scare, it’s just a fading memory for most people. But leading figures in the Y2K consciousness-raising effort say the episode taught important and enduring lessons.
“It showed that we can, if we put the resources to it, solve tough global problems of our making,” said Bruce McConnell, who directed the international Y2K effort. “It was a great story of cooperation and hard work. It was expensive, but it was successful.”
For those quick to forget, Y2K was caused by decisions by computer makers decades ago to use two digits to represent the year. The shortcut saved money on memory and storage, but also caused some computers to wrongly interpret 2000 as 1900.
Left uncorrected, the Y2K glitch could have fouled computers that control power grids, air traffic, banking systems and phone networks.
xxBillions Spent on Prevention
Businesses and governments around the world threw some $200 billion at the problem — and then they watched nervously, hoping enough of the errant dates had been fixed to avert a worldwide disaster.
For the most part they had. The lights didn’t go out. Planes didn’t fall out of the sky. Nuclear missiles didn’t launch in the middle of the night.
Because few problems materialized, those who had sounded the Y2K alarm had to fend off criticism from people who believed they were victims of a big-money bamboozle.
“It’s like saying to a surgeon after he conducts a major intrusive operation that because the patient’s fine, it’s not a big deal,” said Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America. “Problems did occur, and the fact that it was so minimal means that people did a good job.”
Among the failures: Computers that process images from U.S. spy satellites broke down. Some credit cards charged for the same items multiple times. Japanese nuclear power plants experienced glitches — among them, a failed clock on a reactor monitoring system — but no radiation leaks or safety problems.
Many more failures may have gone unreported. Leon Kappelman, a University of North Texas professor who helped businesses with Y2K assessments, says a major telecommunications company — which he would not identify — experienced 100 Y2K errors during the first week of 2000.”
More to follow.