I’ve been on that plane

Damn, I’ve been on the Alaska Airlines flight that lost pressurization. That’d be interesting enough, but a citizen journalist covered the whole thing on his blog and with a cell phone camera. Details on Memeorandum (link 1, link 2). KomoTV has video from inside the plane shot by passengers. Wild. Every disaster now will be covered in real time by people involved.

The comments, though, don’t make me feel all that great. Where’s Mena Trott when you need her?

Microsoft customer warning: Bad exploit in Windows

It’s interesting, I was just talking with Hitachi’s blogger and CTO about what to do in a crisis. Here’s one thing. Warn your customers. That’s what I’m doing here. We’re seeing a bad exploit being reported on blogs and other places. I’m off to check with Stephen Toulouse of the security response center here at Microsoft (I’m a bit at a disadvantage cause I’m blogging from Hitachi’s Storage DataSystems Headquarters — I’m heading back to Microsoft’s offices so I can get access to Microsoft’s internal information sharing systems). The security response center is listening to email sent to secure@microsoft.com — if you have a new security problem, that’s a good place to send email to. Microsoft’s security Web site is here. If you need support with one of our products, please contact support here.

Update: the Security Response Center is working on this. They have a blog, but haven’t posted about this issue yet.

I have a video interview with Stephen on Channel 9, in case you want to know a little more. Here’s a tour of the response center’s workers so you can get a little better idea of the people who are working hard to fix this problem.

Update 2: the Security Response Center has posted a security advisory on this issue.

Om talks about Apple 2006

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time when everyone tries to guess what Apple is going to reveal at MacWorld.

The desperation is high. My son is so desperate to know that he goes into Apple stores and tries to get the salespeople to tell him what’s up. Seriously, he did just that the other day (I wasn’t with him, but I hear the salesperson at the Seattle store told him “I would lose my job if I told you that.”)

Anyway, Om Malik does a good job of telling Microsoft “you’re fired” and also makes some guesses at what’s coming.

Me? I’m taking Patrick to MacWorld. He wants to buy a new laptop so we’re gonna check out the latest. Yes, he’s a Mac fan. Steve Jobs snuck something into his food when I wasn’t watching, I’m sure of it! Heheh.

What do you think Steve Jobs is gonna reveal this year?