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Category: Cool Sites

Improved Amazon Shopping in Second Life

Last month I blogged about the Life2Life store in Second Life. This store smoothly bridges the virtual and the real, making it possible to search the Amazon catalog from within Second Life. For a week or so, Tabatha and Hugo (the store’s proprietors) had kept me apprised of their work to integrate Amazon’s Remote Shopping […]

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AWS Zone Updated

The ever-popular AWS Zone site was recently updated to include better support for Amazon S3 and some of the other new services. One especially cool new feature is the ability to compute signatures for requests in a safe manner. After entering your AWS Access Key and your AWS Secret Key, pressing the Generate Signature button […]

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YouOS Uses S3

YouOS is a complete operating environment which runs inside of a browser window. Within the window is a complete virtual file system, a web browser, a note pad, a rich text editor, a command line shell, and more. This is cool enough all by itself, but to make it even cooler, the virtual file system […]

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UC Berkeley Stardust @ Home

The Stardust @ Home project at UC Berkeley is using Amazon S3 to store tens of millions of scanned images. Each image is a virtual slice through a chunk of an amazing material known as aerogel. The aerogel was dragged through the tail of a comet and then returned to Earth. Buried within the outermost […]

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AWS Code Samples

A colleague sent me a link to Google’s new Project Hosting site. The site is a handy place for developers to maintain project membership, store source code, and track bugs. Out of curiosity I ran a query for Amazon and found four interesting projects: amazonws shows how to call ECS from Java using JAXB and […]

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Weekend Link Roundup

It is time to put up some links I’ve saved up over the past couple of weeks: Alex Barnett has a bunch of handy REST resources. Tim O’Reilly talks about The Rise of Open Infrastructure and mentions Amazon S3. Dion Hinchcliffe discusses Scaling Web 2.0 Software, and refers to some of the same sources that […]

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Amazon Search Inside of Second Life

Lately I’ve been spending some of my personal time in another world, a world called Second Life, to be precise. Second Life is a 3D virtual world. When you log in to Second Life for the first time you choose your “in-world” name and you create your own avatar. Once inside, you can chat, run, […]

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Secret Prices

I met Marc, the developer of Secret Prices, at Mashup Camp last week. Marc was eager to show me his site, and I found it quite interesting. Secret Prices is a comparison shopping tool. You can compare product prices across multiple vendors in 18 different categories including books, movies, music, electronics, and event tickets. The […]

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Cardbox Database – Now with Amazon S3 Access

The Cardbox flat-file user-oriented database tool now works with Amazon S3. Available in Home, Professional, and Client editions, Cardbox lets users design their own databases without the assistance of a DBA (database administrator). Databases can hold text, images, and binary data; indexing and sorting is automatically handled “under the covers.” According to the announcement post […]

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