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Jeff Barr

Author: Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.

Solve for Efficiency With Amazon Mechanical Turk

This is a quick post about another great use of Amazon Mechanical Turk. Over on Friend Feed Jean-Claude Bradley posted a blog post called Mechanical Turk Does Solubility on Google Spreadsheet, which talks about using Mechanical Turk to process solubility data for the Open Notebook Science Challenge. What I believe is revolutionary here is that […]

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100% on Amazon Web Services:

I’m Simone Brunozzi, technology evangelist for Amazon Web Services in Europe. This period of the year I decided to dedicate some time to better understand how our customers use AWS, therefore I spent some online time with Stefan Fountain and the nice guys at, a “one address book solution to contact management”, and I […]

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AWS Links – Wednesday, December 23, 2008

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Amazon SimpleDB – Now With Select

There’s now a new and somewhat easier way to write SimpleDB queries. In addition to SimpleDB’s existing query language, you can now use select statements which look very similar to standard SQL (Structured Query Language). We made some small changes and additions to the language in order to accomodate SimpleDB’s unique multi-valued attribute model. Here […]

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AWS Links – Wednesday, December 17, 2008

.post20081217img { float:right; margin-left:10px; margin-bottom:10px; border:1px solid black; } .post20081217li { clear:both; padding-bottom:10px; } There are plenty of really good links in my inbox. Here are some of the best: The Oracle TechBlog has the slides from the recent “Oracle in the Cloud” webinar. I know that lots of you have been waiting for these! […]

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Twilio – Telephony in the Cloud

Twilio founder Jeff Lawson stopped by Amazon headquarters yesterday for a show and tell session. Twilio provides a simple yet powerful way to build highly scalable telephony applications. Of course, Twilio itself runs on Amazon EC2 and stores data in Amazon S3. A Twilio application is simply a phone-activated web application. When the application’s phone […]

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JumpBox – Ready To Use Applications For EC2

I spoke with the good folks at JumpBox earlier this week. They told me that they are now supporting Amazon EC2 with a lineup of 12 public AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) containing pre-built and pre-configured open source applications. You can launch blogging tools, CRM tools, development tools, and lots more. You can follow the directions […]

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Bizo SDB Tool

Bizo is a B2B advertising network running entirely on top of AWS. They needed a GUI built on top of SimpleDB and decided to extend the Firefox plugin suite with the addition of SDB Tool. The new Bizo SDB Tool provides a nice visual interface to Amazon SimpleDB in the form of a Firefox plugin. […]

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