IN A BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF THE BABY BOOMERS EVENTS IN THE 1960's AND 1970's AND FAR INTO THE 2000 MILLENNIUM. VIETNAM AND OTHER CONFLICTS ARE TALKED ABOUT LATER BUT POSITIVE THINKING IS THE GOAL HERE.
THE MAN ON THE MOON BECAME REALITY CHANGE OUR OUT LOOK IN THE USA IN 1969 AS A PRESIDENT KENNEDY MISSION AND PROVED AMERICA'S TECHNOLOGY ARTS AND TALENTS.
ENJOY OUR GALLERY OF PHOTOS ALONG MEMORY LANE OF THE BEST OF TIMES. BOOMERS MADE THE GREATEST DECADES OF FEARLESS CHANGE FROM THE 1960'S UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 1999 IN THIS MENTION AND CONTINUE INTO THE FUTURE.
IN 1972 AMERICA'S BOBBY FISCHER CAPTURED THE WORLD MASTER OF CHESS FOR AMERICA AT AGE 15, AFTER DEFEATING THE RUSSIAN WORLD MASTER BORIS SPASSKY OF DECADES. BEING THE COLD WAR ERA THIS WAS A HUGE BRAGGING POINT FOR THE USA.
IN 1973 PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON ENDED THE VIETNAM CONFLICT. BY AUGUST 1974 PRESIDENT NIXON RESIGNED AT RISK OF IMPEACHMENT.
NUCLEAR TREATIES BETWEEN RUSSIA AND USA BEGIN IN 1969 SUCCEEDING AS THE SALT I IN 1974 BEGAN IN 1969 AND SALT II IN 1979 AS AGREEMENTS TO REDUCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS UNILATERALLY BETWEEN RUSSIA AND AMERICA. THOUGH THESE ALLOWED ENOUGH NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO DESTROY BOTH NATIONS THE INSANITY OF BUILDING MORE WAS FINALLY CURTAILED.
BY THE MID 1970's THE WORLD FOUND PEACE, THE COLD WAR OF NUCLEAR ARMAMENTS SETTLED TO BE REDUCED BY ALL MAJOR POWERS. SOON ALL THE WORLD OF WARS AND THREATS WHERE NEAR FORGOTTEN.
GLOBAL BALANCES OF PEACE HAS CHANGE MANY TIMES SINCE THEN BUT NEW LEADERS AND POWER MONGERS ARE ALWAYS TRYING FOR WAYS TO GAIN NOTICE. NUCLEAR THREATS WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF THE MODERN WORD.
All baby boomers will remember this real horror where the world faced certain doom on New Year’s Eve 2000. Life on Earth would become primitive with no credit cards, jets or planes and banks were certain to collapse.
This was a greater threat than any Boomers era war, missile crisis or the cold war combined. Global economic doom was found as certain destiny with no way out.
In late 1997 the "Y2k bug", aka, "millennium bug" was discovered. In horror this was expected to end new found world peace at the hour of 12:00:01 am, 2000 ad. Worldwide banks and stock market were certain to collapse at midnight of new years eve.
This curse spelled the end to all things loved as the grand new eon for Baby Boomers arrival with global horror. Earth was fated to destruction of global peace in 0.01 Second after midnight.
Programmers found the glitch only three short years before 2000. It was common in all software and hardware. All Bank systems and navigation are dependent on time counters to the microseconds and less. The Boomers new life of glory would end soon.
Computers as tools came out in the early 1980s and were quickly loved and became our dependency. Original programmers replied, all tech was to be updated by 2000 when asked what to do. That update had been forgotten after only a decade. The Programmers now long retired as millionaires, happily living on their fortune and fame but could offer no help.
In 1999 banks locked their doors and froze stock trading as mass withdrawals of funds shattered markets. All true and all at our own short-sighted arrogance this alone became the greatest threat to mankind.
Programs and hardware were slow in the day as they passed our massive digital matrix around the Earth. The genius of programmers had intentionally taken a few clever and sly shortcuts. To save two digits from calculations.
The plan was to use the highest year as 1999 and instead simply used only the digits of ‘99’, to speed up calculations. Even hardware had dismissed using more circuits for the same short cut goals. The vulnerability was worldwide.
The world was grateful when it was fixed weeks before new years. Everyone would not know until the workday after New Years that the beast left mankind unscathed.
WHY THIS HAPPENED?
TECHNICALLY, TWO MORE DIGITS REQUIRED 16 BITS OR MORE. THAT SAVINGS USING 99 OFFERED SIGNIFICANT TIME BENEFITS TO PROCESS BILLIONS OF BANK TRANSACTIONS, COMMUNICATIONS, SECURITY AND NAVIGATION.
MAIN FRAME SYSTEMS COMPARING EVERYTHING BELOW 1999 MEANT ONLY ONE SET OF CALCULATIONS WAS NEEDED. MANY CASES USED ONLY 99 AS A SINGLE KNOWN HIGHEST DIGIT SO THAT ADDITIONAL CALCULATIONS WHERE NOT REQUIRED.
THIS WAS A HUGE SHORT CUT TO LEAVE OUT FOUR DIGITS LIKE THE YEAR 2000 IMPOSSIBLE AND REQUIRED A SECOND RANGE TO COMPARE.
FOR EXAMPLE, FINDING THE INTEREST GAIN FROM 12/31/1999 OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ONE MICRO SECOND AFTER 01/01/2000 WAS IMPOSSIBLE AND WAS PROVED IN TESTS OF EVERYTHING BUILT DECADES BEFORE IN COMPLACENT PRIDE.
WORKING WITH THE MILLENNIAL SHIFT WAS ASSUMED UNIMPORTANT AND WAS FORGOTTEN BEFORE 1997. IT WAS KEPT FROM THE PUBLIC UNTIL 1999.
GLOBAL CRASH WAS IMMINENT. ALL THINGS WE KNEW FROM BUSINESS WOULD END AT MIDNIGHT. TALK OF MARKETEERS COMMITTING SUICIDE WAS NEWS.
FORTUNATELY, THANKS TO SCRAMBLING BY BRILLIANT, MOTIVATED PROGRAMMERS AND HARDWARE UPGRADES THE RESULT HAD ONLY MINOR EFFECT.
THE WORLD DID SURVIVE AND HAS MOVED ON.
HAPPILY THE Y2k EPISODE PASSED AND TODAY THE WORLD CAN NOW OFFER FREEDOM OF SOFTWARE DISASTERS. THERE IS ALWAYS ISSUES OF ALL THINGS MAN CREATES BUT GLOBAL DISASTER APPEARS TO BE SAFE NOW.
TODAY WE FACE NASTY HACKERS AND FRUSTRATING DESKTOP BOG DOWNS WHICH CAN BE WICKED BAD BUT MANKIND DOES NOT FACE MASS DESTRUCTION FOR THESE ISSUES SO FAR.
ON A HAPPIER NOTE THE WEB MASTERS OFFER HISTORIC PHOTO MEMORABILIA FROM THE 1950's THROUGH 2020 AND BEYOND.
BOOMERS ARE NOW BECOMING AGE 65 IS VARIES AROUND 10,000 PER DAY IN 2018 AND IS THE NEW SHOCK WAVE ON THE ECONOMIC BALANCE OF THE UNITED STATES AS OF THIS WRITING.
ENJOY THIS LOOK BACK AT THE BOOMER's ERA OF NOSTALGIA PHOTOS .
PLANS AND BUDGETS DO INCLUDE FUTURE STUDIES OF THAT OUR NEW FRONTIER. IN 2033 MAN EXPECTS TO WALK ON AND COLONIZE MARS.
THE YOUNGEST BABY BOOMERS BORN IN 1964 WILL BE 69 YEARS OLD. THE OLDEST WILL BE AGE 87.
SINCE 2015 AND BEFORE MAJOR COMMERCIAL INVESTMENTS ARE BUILDING OUR OWN FUTURE IN SPACE.
INVESTORS IN 2018 ARE MAKING GREAT PROGRESS FOR THAT MISSION.
THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE ON EARTH HAVE YET TO BE LOVED & LEARN. YOUTH HAS THE BALL.
TEACH THEM WELL.
A FUTURE OF COLONIZING MARS MAY BE ONLY 15 YEARS AWAY WITH GREAT EXPECTATIONS ON THE WAY FOR EVERYONE HERE ON EARTH.