Basically, in Space Pilot 3000, Fry gets frozen and wakes up 1,000 years later. The freezing was on December 31st, 1999, the same day this episode AIRED. Space Pilot 3000 aired on March 28th, 1999. They are both low-lifes who hate their jobs. They are miserable. The only difference is that Squidward woke up 2,000 years later.
Coincidence. Steve probably never meant to do any of that stuff, and never would. Maybe Futurama was still new at the time, he's never heard of it, and he thought it was his idea. So you can't really blame him.