It was a fear fest of epic proportions. Magazine headlines predicted
that the end of the world would shortly befall us. They told harrowing
tales of feral computer systems going awry the minute the clock struck
midnight on January 1st, 2000--planes would fall from the sky, power
grids would fail, the global economy would crash, nuclear power plants
would go into meltdown mode, lines of communication would be cut, and
the contents of bank accounts would vanish.