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Jeff Barr

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Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.

Transcript of Jeff Barr’s Web 2.0 Interview

I used the Podcast Transcription Store at to create the following transcript of the interview that I did earlier this year with Josh and Chris at the Web 2.0 Show. I spent about 10 minutes adding some links, and I fixed 2 typos in proper names. I will post more about the transcription service […]

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Are you a Minipreneur?

According to, a minipreneur is a consumer-turned-entrepreneur, taking advantage of resources that were, just a short time ago, available only to large multinational organizations, including cheap hardware and software, access to global design, production, and manufacturing skills, payment systems, online marketplaces, and more. The Amazon Web Services are one important element of this mix. […]

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Mechanical Turk Controller Class in C#

Over at, Andrew has released a nice C# class which provides a clean and simple way to access the Mechanical Turk. Andrew’s code implements a TurkController class with clean, simple methods like GetQualificationRequests(), GetQualificationTypes(), ApproveQualification(), GetAccountBalance(), CreateQualification(), CreateHIT(), GetReviewableHITs(), DisposeHIT(), and so forth. It uses the SOAP version of the APIs and handles the […]

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Alexa Web Search Platform Enters Beta

The Alexa Web Search Platform is now accepting applications from potential beta testers. The Alexa Web Search Platform allows you to write and run code that runs on a server complex hosted and run by Alexa. To use this service, you write code which calls the Search Platform API. Your code is responsible for processing […]

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Speak French?

If you can read and write French and English, today is your lucky day. Bitporters Media is now qualifying Mechanical Turk Workers to handle translation and approval HITS. The former pays 40 cents for up to 512 characters of text; the latter, 30 cents. — Jeff;

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