A fellow DE who covers South Texas, J Sawyer, and a team of Microsoft developers (including local SQL guru Jim Dugan), have been working their tails off to put technology to use to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The result: KatrinaSafe.com, a web application (and more) devoted to helping those who've been separated from their loved ones find one another.

At last report, it looked like their preliminary efforts had already come up with 9 nearly perfect matches, which is pretty amazing given that this is an application they've developed in just a matter of days.

My hat's off to J, and to all of the folks working on this application. They are great examples of how individuals, and the companies that support them, can make a huge difference in difficult times.