Re: The popular "Y2K Myth" idea is based on ignorance.
There is no argument because some of us know the cold hard facts and the facts are available in the written records of many companies.
Y2K projects were vital to prevent widespread disaster in business world-wide.
There is absolutely no debate about that amongst fully informed people.
Sure there was probably some scamming going on:
1. Managers getting legitimate work done (at higher Y2K wages)( now rather than later under the guise of it needing to be done urgently.
2. Sales people falsely telling companies that perfectly good machines would not work after Y2K.
Also prices of programmers went up and the prices consulting firms charged went up hugely during Y2K, but that wasn't a scam, that was simple supply and demand. Supply is constant while demand goes way up, so price goes up.
So sure, some scamming, probably less than 5%, perhaps much less than 5% since there were so many legitimate ways to make money if people only had the time. But the overwhelmingly great majority of the Y2K expenditures were absolutely vital to continued business.
I worked for 4 client companies in Winnipeg and Toronto during Y2K.
My guess is 95% all Y2K projects were necessary for business to continue, 4% was legitimate work done early using Y2K budgets, and at most 1% was actual fraud.
The Register should lead the way to ending the popular lies that IT types invented the Y2K Myth for personal profit.