Only 99 cents. A Louisiana Y2K Christmas bonus changed my life. Other stories and poetry included. December 17, 1999, I bought a used computer for $650 from an ad I found in the newspaper. That one step would change my entire life. Everyone talked of Y2K which would render it useless and said I probably wasted my money. It was my Christmas present to myself that year. December 21, 1999, I had it connected to the Internet, but on December 31, 1999, if the Y2K scare was correct, only ten days later computers worldwide would crash from the Y2K bug.