Scott Hanselman

Tsunami - Apple.com has updated their home page with links to Donation Sites...Microsoft next? Plus Indian Ocean Tsunami Satellite Pictures

December 29, '04 Comments [5] Posted in Musings
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Apple.com has taken mind-boggling severity of the Indian Ocean Tsunami and updated their corporate homepage to drive drive to donation sites.

It's a definite statement when a company chooses to remove products from their home page.

The power of the Net with this disaster will be realized if it's made fantastically easy to donate money to legitimate charities.

Here's some photos that show you the before, recoil and push foward of the tsunami in Sri Lanka. There is an excellent PDF analysis here.

Typical Shot (2004-Jan)

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Ocean pulls back 400 meters...(2004-Dec-26)

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Tsunami arrives...(2004-Dec-26)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004 2:28:33 PM UTC
Looks like PayPal and Ebay are working up something for this...

"On behalf of eBay and PayPal, the eBay Foundation will be making a contribution to help with the relief efforts in Asia, and we are investigating other ways to help as more information becomes available and the needs of those affected become more clear. eBay’s Giving Works team is compiling a list of charities that have established special initiatives to collect funds for this effort that we will share in the next several days."
(via: http://www2.ebay.com/aw/marketing.shtml#2004-12-28135447)

Says that they will be making a list of charities that they will share in the next couple days.
Thursday, December 30, 2004 12:54:32 AM UTC
Those satellite images are striking. I'm trying to grab the PDF you pointed to, but DigitalGlobe.com seems to be having trouble at the moment (perhaps its servers are swamped). Do you have a copy of the PDF you could share?

On the donation front, I notice that Yahoo (my employer) has dedicated some front-page space for donations as well. Not as dramatic as Apple's, but taking space that would normally be used for a paid advertisement is something.
Thursday, December 30, 2004 1:30:20 AM UTC
You can disregard my last comment -- it looks like their site is now up again. It was weird; for a while the domain digitalglobe.com didn't even resolve to an IP address.
Friday, December 31, 2004 5:13:04 PM UTC
amazing photos. FYI, the link to the middle photo is broken. 404.

Thanks for all you are doing.

Dave
Saturday, January 01, 2005 9:55:29 AM UTC
Thanks, link fixed.
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