: “From my friend Maura, a letter from Tamim Ansary, an Afghani-American writer.” A very important piece to read.
to add today. Well almost nothing. At midnight, I started receiving phone calls from NY. People who had checked in much earlier, that we knew were safe, who knew their friends and loved ones were safe. And who, after some time alone, away from the event, were very upset. One of whom couldn’t bring himself to mention something I know he saw. All I can add to the ongoing commentary: don’t assume that physically well people are OK. If last night was any indication, they’re probably not. They need your warm embrace, and your quiet voice in their ear, and most importantly your ears, fully attuned to whatever they need to communicate.
- Some readers will know that my brother works downtown in Manhattan near the World Trade Center. I’ve heard from him, he’s OK. My sister-in-law is a flight attendant, and she’s OK too.
- CNN.com has put up an extremely simple site, presumably to host a higher load of traffic. The CBC has done the same.
- I’ve been getting my best breaking news from the virtual community at Cafe Utne. Lots of first hand accounts, and luckily just about everyone I know from the Cafe is OK. Haven’t heard from everyone yet.
- MetaFilter has also been a good source of info.
- Canadians with friends or family in New York can call 800-387-3124 for information.
is also covering the new SirCam virus/worm, as one would expect. It’s a very interesting issue considering that Mac OS X is now out in the world, and, as many have noted, Apple will soon be the largest volume Unix vendor in the world. Their rollout of OS X is happening in a very different context than earlier releases of consumer- and business-friendly operating systems, and it could be a huge opportunity for Apple. If they were to develop an open, fast, and highly professional security infrastructure I think a lot of people might sit up and take notice.