Internet Y2K and Europe, South America, and Middle East

Alex P. Rudnev alex at
Tue Dec 21 20:46:57 UTC 1999

May be, you are quite right; I think we'll hear a lot of stories aboiut Y2K, and
90% of them will be the fiction of the journalists. The kind of the 'foulish
day' or the 'carnaval'. I mean.

On 21 Dec 1999, Sean Donelan wrote:

> Date: 21 Dec 1999 00:28:44 -0800
> From: Sean Donelan <sean at>
> To: alex at
> Cc: nanog at
> Subject: Re: Internet Y2K and Europe, South America, and Middle East
> On Mon, 20 December 1999, "Alex P. Rudnev" wrote:
> > What do you want to monitor? real time problems are not supposed to appear,
> > billing and accounting problems are not monitored at all. Why so many people
> > aware unexisting problems (some computer refuse to work due to Y2K - let me
> > smile for a 10 minutes hearing this - and so few people really understand Y2K
> > problems (billing systems, accounting systems, daily-log-analysing systems, and
> > so on). But this means that real Y2K problems appear approximateky 3 - 10 of
> > january, not at 12:00 31-December.
> > 
> > And this means all this ISP monitoring is useless, you'll monitor not more than
> > people's paranoia about Y2K and will not monitor any real problems.
> I don't actually think the monitoring will pick up any Y2K problems.  I'm
> interested in the communications and monitoring to pickup all the other
> problems, and trying to head off rumors when something inevitably doesn't
> work.
> For example, tonight if you go to the US government's Y2K web site it's not
> working.  It appears to be a server problem with and not
> a network problem.  You get an error  "The request did not specify a valid
> virtual host."  I don't think its Y2K problem, and if we could contact the
> operators, we might find out what's wrong.
> If something like that happened in the early morning of January 1, without
> good information, rumors will spread.

Aleksei Roudnev,
(+1 415) 585-3489 /San Francisco CA/

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