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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.

Update on the Search for Steve Fossett (Update 3)

Update 3 We know many of you are anxious to learn what happened to your search submissions. Full details on areas screened and passed on to the Steve Fossett Search and Rescue team are at: Important Update2! Thanks for the great feedback. We found this great tool for submitting your coordinates manually – […]

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Announcing the Amazon Web Services Start-up Challenge

This is an exciting announcement. Did I say EXCITING!!!? Amazon Web Services is launching–right now–the Amazon Web Services Start-Up Challenge, a contest for entrepreneurs and software developers that will award the winner a first-place prize of $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits, mentoring sessions from an AWS technical expert, and an […]

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Reminder: The Startup Project Coming Right Up

UPDATE: Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is expected to join Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr in a visit to the Silicon Valley reception on Wednesday night. Their schedules are tight, but they are both going to try. A few weeks ago Jinesh blogged about the Startup Project, which will be held in Silicon Valley, […]

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Help Find Steve Fossett

Please help find Steve Fossett! Steve’s disappearance has been all over the news, but so far no trace of him has been found. You can help search, by using Amazon Mechanical Turk. Several organizations have pulled together to use recent satellite imagery for this effort. The image on the right-hand side of this page is […]

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AWS Chat in Second Life, Thursday at 10 AM

Now that the summer is over, the weekly (as my schedule permits) Second Life chats are back. The next one will take place on Thursday September 6th at 10 AM. I will do my best to conduct the chats every Thursday and I hope to meet and converse with you there. We talk about EC2, […]

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Coming to Minneapolis and Eau Claire

A reminder that if you’re in the Twin Cities or Northwest Wisconsin, I’ll be visiting for two user group presentations. On Wednesday, September 5th, I’ll be visiting the Twin Cities Linux Users Group. (, which meets in Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota campus. On Thursday evening, September 6th, I’ll travel to Eau Claire, and […]

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Latest Amazon ECS Release

Today Amazon released a minor update to Amazon E-Commerce Service, also known as Amazon ECS. The official version number for this release is 2007-08-27. Overview of Changes This release introduces the Baby search index in the DE locale This release introduces the CustomerContentLookup operation in the DE, FR, JP, and UK locales This release introduces […]

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Cool Real Estate Application Using Amazon S3

The other day I blogged that we’re looking for applications that use Amazon Web Services, and that were developed on the other side of the Atlantic… Had some interesting replies; and want to tell you about one of them. Metropix is based in England, and is the leading supplier of floor plans to the UK […]

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Serving KML, KMZ files from Amazon S3

Map-based Mashups are not new. Overlaying your data on maps are also not new. But serving your Google Earth’s Keyhole Markup Language (KML) and its zipped (KMZ) files right off from Amazon S3 is new and innovative. Few months ago, I blogged about Microsoft’s MapCruncher tool that generates requisite tiles/files of your map mashed with […]

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