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Internet Doomsday

July 9, 2012 ?

“Any Last Words” — Computers have always been electronic boxes that can get on your last nerve. Still, I believe, the idea of an “Internet Doomsday” will always be more “fairy tale” than “fact..” Incidentally, Gun Control Advocates – relax – the pistol in the photo is a BB Gun. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

July 8, 2012 – I am using the Dell laptop to surf the Internet for information on web browsers.  As I click through the search engine links a headline about “Internet Doomsday” leaps at me from the Salon website.

I love “Doomsday, Armageddon and Apocalypse” stories.  If I had a penny for every time in my life someone has shouted “Doomsday,” I would rank right up there next to Bill Gates on “Forbes” richest persons’ list.

I went to grade school, during the Cold War years of the 1960s, and the “A Bomb Scare” was a constant threat.

The persistent fear was someone either in the United States Government or the Government of the Soviet Union would give the order and suddenly the sky would fill with Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles with their MIRV – Multiple Independently targeted Reentry Vehicle warheads and several decades later when the Nuclear Winter clouds had finally cleared – the only life left would be “cockroaches and houseflies.”

The Cold War’s Nuclear Annihilation Fear was a real fear; not just “paranoia.”

Novelist George Orwell’s book, “1984,” brought all the alarmists out of the closet by January 1, 1980.  Many people expressed concern about the approach of 1984.  People were even predicting World War III by no later than 1985.

No doubt many people remember the Millennium scare that started around 1998, when 1999 was suppose to be the end of one Millennium and the start of another.  Then, people decided the date should be 2000.

And, of course, the digit date glitch of early computers were suppose to lead to Global Computer Suicide at the beginning of 2000 as the Y2K Crisis.  It didn’t happen.

History is full of “Doomsday Prophets.”

Global Loss Of The Internet is not “Nuclear War.”

The Global Geeks would find a way to “boot up” their hard drives, write code and get the system back online.

Skeptic, cynic, older American that I am: it is not feasible that one man, one woman, or one group can take down the Internet because there are too many different types of code, servers and systems plugged into the overall global entity.

Thus, I read the Salon story and made a mental note to check my malware and anti-virus program.

When it comes to “Doomsday, Armageddon, or Apocalypse” – FEARS – I always remember the quote from President Franklin Roosevelt “All We Have To Fear – Is Fear Itself.”

Naturally, I could be wrong about the “Internet Doomsday.”  I might fire up my laptop, July 10, 2012 and find there are No Servers up and running anywhere in the world.  But, I doubt it.  In the worst case scenario, I still have a portable typewriter with a new ribbon in my boxes of stuff.

Before the Internet, people used typewriters, bond paper, carbon paper and white out to do the business of the world.  I doubt anyone wants to go “back,” but, it never hurts to have a “Plan B” ready, just in case.

The true seriousness of the Internet Doomsday is a real glitch would make the bad global economy worse; if that is possible.

The link at the end will provide information about how the American FBI got involved in the whole scenario of runaway rumors of the  “Internet Doomsday Hysteria.”

You might want to check your computer’s malware and anti-virus programs before you go to bed.  On the bright side – July 10 in the Philippines, July 9 in the United States is a new day – The sun will rise.

If the Internet is down – No Biggie Dah – the Global Geeks of the World will have the system back “Online” in no time.



Written by samwarren55

July 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM

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