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And guess what, not everything was caught. We had some failures after 2000 rolled in. We missed "some stuff". They were ALL attributed to other causes. No one could afford to admit to management that a single Y2K bug was missed. I should imagine this was not uncommon in most industries.
The commentators were mostly assholes with no real understanding, but it wasn't really hype. It would have been a disaster. We just fixed ( most of ) it.