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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.

EC2 Firefox Extension is now Open Source

The very cool EC2 Firefox Extension is now an open source project on SourceForge! The extension makes it really easy to launch and manage Amazon EC2 instances. After creating your keypairs and security groups, you can simply right-click on any of the listed AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) and choose to launch one or more instances. […]

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Happy Holidays

Within our Developer Relations team at Amazon, any public picture of a team member is considered fair game for use in parodies. Look what just showed up in my Inbox: Mike, Jinesh and I, would like to wish you some Happy Holidays and offer our thanks for reading (and responding to) our blog posts. We […]

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New Amazon Mechanical Turk Features…

The Amazon Mechanical Turk team has been hard at work on a couple of important new features: credit card funding and transaction history. Both of these features are available from the Your Account page. With the debut of credit card funding, Mechanical Turk Requesters (the people and organizations who create the HITS) can instantly add […]

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Make Money Fast – Introducing Amazon DevPay

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may recall my Ka-Ching post this past summer. In the course of announcing the Amazon Flexible Payments Service, I also tried to make clear the fact that we are doing our best to enable and encourage developers to build profitable businesses around our line […]

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A Place for Everything – Amazon SimpleDB

We are now accepting applications for the limited public beta of Amazon SimpleDB! Amazon SimpleDB makes it really easy and straightforward to store and to retrieve structured data. You no longer need to worry about creating, maintaining, or migrating database schemas, monitoring and tuning the performance of your queries, outgrowing the storage or processing capacity […]

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Help Wanted

The Amazon Web Services Developer Relations Group is hiring for some exciting positions in Seattle and Luxembourg. We’ve got the following openings right now: Developer Support Engineer (Seattle) – Youll represent AWS to our customers as you handle direct inquiries, diagnose and troubleshoot technical challenges, and communicate to the customer within given time frames.  Youll […]

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Introducing the \Pay Now\ Widget

The new “Pay Now” widget builds on top of the base-level payment functionality offered by the Amazon Flexible Payments Service (FPS) to make things very easy for web developers who would like to accept Amazon Payments on their site. Customers can pay by clicking on a Pay Now button or by selecting Amazon Payments as […]

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And The Winner Is…

We capped off the AWS Start-Up Challenge with an award dinner at the W Hotel in Seattle and a good time was had by all. Following a day-long session with the finalists at Amazon Headquarters, we adjourned to the W Hotel for the next phase. The 13 representatives from the 7 finalists participated in a […]

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AWS Start-Up Challenge Videos and Voting

Ok race fans, now it is your turn to participate in the next phase of the AWS Start-Up Challenge! We’ve interviewed each of the finalists, created a video, and put them up here. You can see them at work and hear them talk about their products in their own words. I think that you will […]

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Speaking in Second Life on Dr. Dobb’s Island

I will be giving an AWS talk in Second Life on Friday, November 30 at Noon PST. The talk will take place at the amphitheater on Dr Dobbs Island. This will be a genuine “talk,” with streamed audio, so make sure that your speakers are working! I am planning to talk about web-scale computing, the […]

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