I'm haunted by some chilling words from Bob Dylan. Though written nearly 40 years ago, they're all too appropriate this week.
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin',
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin',
Heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin',
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin',
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.
Last week I talked about the excellent job CRN and VARBusiness reporters had done on the HP/Compaq and Microsoft/DoJ stories. This week, under vastly tougher circumstances, they rose to the task again. All our coverage of the attacks in New York and Washington, the terrible losses, the damage to the technology infrastructure, and how companies are coping, can be found in our Attack On The United States News Center.
In particular, see Robert DeMarzo's account of the day of the attack; Joy Russell's report on how Verizon is struggling to restore the communications infrastructure despite their own heavy losses; Amy Rogers look at the scene in Washington; TC Doyle's heartening look at the aid coming in from technology businesses and others; and Rob Wright and Chris Bucholtz's calls to action.
Monday's CRN (online later this evening) will offer extensive coverage of this weeks' disasters and the effects in the solution provider community.
Till next week...