Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 19:16:36 -0600
From: Dan Goodman dsgood[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VISI.COM
Subject: Happy tenth anniversary, 2000! (fwd)
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Date: 20 Jan 1998 00:52:05 GMT
From: Keith Lynch kfl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]clark.net
Subject: Happy tenth anniversary, 2000!
The first ever mention of the year 2000 problem (i.e. that lots of
software will break that year) that I've been able to find was mailed
to the RISKS Digest by Jeffrey R Kell JEFF%UTCVM.BITNET[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU
ten years ago today, January 19th, 1988. It appeared in RISKS DIGEST
6.11 on January 22nd, 1988.
I maintain a list of when various now common terms and concepts
first appeared on the net, e.g. web pages, spam, Pentium, Netscape,
Windows, MIME, anon servers, the year 2000 problem, and, of course,
the SF-LOVERS e-mail discussion list (September 1979). It's at
But what about the year 2000 itself? When was it first explicitly
mentioned, anywhere, in any context? The earliest I'm aware of is
Edward Bellamy's utopian novel _Looking Backward_, published in 1888.
Maybe I should have said happy 110th anniversary?
Or does anyone know of a still older reference? Thanks.
Keith Lynch, kfl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]clark.net
I boycott all spammers.