Hope you like videos, because this week is full of them.
This week’s featured link:
Live from the Listening Center discussing recovery efforts with Southwest’s Chief Operating Officer – Southwest Airlines Facebook Page
If you were flying Southwest over the last couple of days, you’re probably really, really angry. On Wednesday, Southwest had a massive tech failure, and that caused total chaos with major delays and cancellations stretching into Thursday. So what happened?
The video above shows the airline’s Chief Operating Officer trying to explain this in basic terms (starting around 2m15s in the video). The gist of it appears to be that a router failed, the backup systems didn’t kick in, and that cascaded into a meltdown. By the time the airline could scramble, reboot servers, and get applications back on line, it was… 12 hours later. Airlines are highly dependent upon technology, so it is truly inexcusable that proper backup systems weren’t functioning in a case like this. It is truly mind-boggling.
Two for the road:
This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. Why did it fail? – Vox
Here’s a great little video talking about the history of Concorde and why it failed. It’s definitely worth a watch for the awesome vintage images alone, but the story is good as well.
Boeing Centennial Light Show – YouTube
Boeing celebrated 100 years last week and part of the celebration involved projecting imagery on to the side of a 747. The result was pretty stunning. So I present to you, yet another video.