I think I’ll start a list of 10 lists about Microsoft done in the past few days. Here’s a couple:
The Word of Mouth Marketing Association is giving away 20 passes to raise money for charity. That’s an interesting way to increase buzz for your conference.
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?
Shannon Whitley sent me this fun little song for the “oppressed software developers of the world.” It starts “It’s four a.m. in the morning…”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org — 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.