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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.

Some Cool HITs

There are some really interesting Mechanical Turk HITs available right now. Using a Flash application which is actually embedded in the body of the HIT, workers tag a sequential series of images to denote the presence of certain road features — yellow lines, manholes, drains, bollards, and pedestrian crossings. Read more about these HITs at […]

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Product Wars

I really love The DVD Wars, and I know that I’m not the only one… During my recent visit to Tokyo, an executive with a major consumer electronics company actually brought a printout of the site’s front page to the meeting. He told me that the site was a regular hangout for him and for […]

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Perl and EC2

It’s gratifying to see third-party projects that interface with Amazon Web Services. For example, you can download a Perl Interface to Amazon EC2 from Jeff Kim on CPAN (the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network), released on December 28th. Check it out at — Mike Update: Title of post changed from PHP to Perl!

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AWS and The Windows Presentation Foundation

WPF/E is Microsoft’s next-generation presentation for creating rich web experiences. Using an XML vocabulary known as XAML, WPF/E supports both cross-browser and desktop applications which run on Windows and on the Mac. If you would like to learn a bit about the use of WPF/E in conjunction with the Amazon E-Commerce Service, you should check […]

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S3 Infinidisk for EC2

In the course of searching for some links to flesh out my previous entry, I ran into something new and very cool the S3InfiDisk for EC2. The InfiDisk takes the form of a mountable Linux file system, creating an infinite storage disk for EC2 instances. The file systems can be mounted on any running EC2 […]

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5 Minute AWS Presentation

I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to present at the first-ever meeting of Ignite Seattle this past December. This event attracted lots of Seattle-area technical folks for an evening that was both fun and informative. We started out the evening by forming into teams to build bridges from popsicle sticks and hot glue. […]

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