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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.

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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Calling Web 2.0 Developers in the EU!

Are you in the UK or Europe and using Amazon Web Services? If so, we’d love to hear from you about your use of AWS. We’re trying to establish a list that shows the variety of interesting uses in that area of the world. Please email us at evangelists at amazon dot com if you […]

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\The Start-up Project\ – Don’t miss it!

Following the success of “The Start-up Project” in Seattle, WA few months ago, Amazon Web Services decided to come to the city near you.  The Start-Up Project is half-day AWS-exclusive event geared towards start-up firms. Amazon Web Services will be holding several of these events in different “hot spots” around the country starting with Silicon […]

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