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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.

Mechanical Turk for Metadata Collection

There are some fascinating posts over at the ESV blog. ESV refers to the English Standard Version of the Bible. In order to increase the accuracy of their database of Biblical quotations, they used the Amazon Mechanical Turk. The HIT was relatively simple, and asked the Worker to identify the name of the person who […]

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New Amazon S3 Features

An upgrade to the Amazon S3 API was released earlier today. The new features include: Virtual Hosting – S3 now respects the HTTP Host header, mapping buckets to a subdomain of s3.amazonaws.com. More information can be found here. Hierarchical Listing of Keys – It is now possible to group the listing of a buckets keys […]

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Amazon S3 Webinar – June 14th

On Wednesday, June 14th, Amazon’s Dave Barth will be conducting a webinar for users of Amazon’s S3 service. The webinar will start at high noon PDT and will run for one hour. There will be an online presentation and ample time for questions and answers. Details on how to attend the webinar can be found […]

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Upcoming AWS Speaking Events

Its about time to put together another travel calendar. Here are some upcoming appearances by yours truly: On June 15th I will be speaking at the Burton Group’s Catalyst Convention in San Francisco. I will be discussing the Amazon Mechanical Turk. That same day I will make a quick appearance at an SF Tech Session […]

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Monday Mound of Multiple Mentions

Here are a couple of cool things that I’ve run across in the last couple of days: CrossAmazon is a Greasemonkey script that adds links to all of the Amazon international sites (Canada, Japan, Germany, France, and the UK) to pages served up from the US (Amazon.com) site. The Amazon S3 Plugin for Eclipse makes […]

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Amazon RSS Feed Generator

RSS feeds are a perfect way to keep track of data that changes on an irregular or infrequent basis. Instead of visiting the data source yourself as time permits, you can simply use RSS feeds to subscribe to an update stream from a site or from an application. The original use of RSS was to […]

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Talis Library Mashup Contest

Talis is sponsoring a competion to encourage developers to create mashup applications using web services from Talis and from other vendors (hint: ECS would be ideal). Top prize is 1,000. To enter you simply create your application and then blog about it using a specific Technorati tag. There’s also a discussion board, and a separate […]

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Rankforest

Rankforest tracks and can graph the sales rank of Amazon products over time, with graphs available over all time, 90 days, 30 days, 7 days, or a single day. Many graphs are available for free; some others require a free account, and a final few require paid membership. There are also hourly and daily RSS […]

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