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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.

Texsy – Relevant Popup Ads Drawn From Three Sources

John over at Texsy sent me some information about his new advertising system. Texsy analyzes the page and inserts advertising links which popup on a mouse-over. The ads use content drawn from Amazon,, and eBay and include the appropriate associate or affiliate links from the content / product supplier. 20% of the links will […]

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Jnana – Build Your Own Expert-Powered Amazon Store in Second Life

Over the last couple of months I have been corresponding with Fred Parnon, CEO of Jnana. Fred’s company has built a software platform targeted at domain experts who don’t happen to be software developers. Using this platform, domain experts can built sophisticated rule-based systems to make “intelligent” decisions, check large data sets against complex sets […]

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Werewolves of London

I’m 2/3rds of the way through a trip that will take me to three cities in the UK and then on to Boston before returning home. Late last week I gave the keynote at the d.Construct conference in Brighton, and received quite a bit of nice blog coverage: Suw Charman was happy that I was […]

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Building a Telco For 15 Cents Per Hour

Fixed costs are the enemy of any business. Money that must be invested up front to pay for land, buildings, furniture, machine tools, and computers all constitute fixed costs. Regardless of the amount of income that’s coming in, interest must be paid on the capital expended on fixed costs. In a post titled “Amazon S3… […]

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Grid Tools

There’s a handy (and timely) editorial in Dr. Dobb’s today. In A Grid Is a Grid Is a Grid…, Jon Erickson reviews the history of grid computing and also links to some tools and programming models to exploit the grid. I expect to see many of these tools and models running on Amazon EC2 before […]

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Wednesday Link Mania

Here are some interesting links I dug up this morning: Neurofuzzy: Amazon S3 PHP Class Update. Jonathan Siegel: Sandboxing Amazon EC2. Jonathan also runs the Amazon EC2 blog. There’s some good traffic on the Hadoop mailing list about Hadoop and EC2. Hadoop is the open source version of MapReduce that I mentioned in my previous […]

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Amazon EC2 Beta

Innovation never takes a break, and neither do I. From the steaming hot beaches of Cabo San Lucas I would like to tell you about the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or Amazon EC2, now open for limited beta testing, with more beta slots to open soon. Amazon EC2 gives you access to a virtual computing […]

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I’ll have a Lemonade and Some Links, Por Favor…

I simply couldn’t wait until next week to post a couple of new items! In S3 Meets R3 (Reliability, Robustness, and Resilience), the authors benchmark Amazon S3 against the venerable SCP (Secure Copy) protocol. You can read the entire article to see the details, but the conclusion pretty much sums it up: Amazon’s S3 Services […]

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Openfount S3 Manager

I am posting from the beach to tell you about the Openfount S3 Manager. To get this running you simply click here. Once you do this, an invisible applet is loaded to gain access to the file system and the GUI is displayed. AT this point you need to enter your Amazon keys. After you […]

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Friday Wrapup

I’m just about to sign off in anticipation of a vacation week devoid of computers, Blackberries, web services, blogs, and even Second Life. Before I go, here are a few things to keep you busy in the week to come. In addition to releasing that new version of Blueorganizer, Alex Iskold just published a very […]

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