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Category: Cool Sites

Top City Books – Three Way Mashup

I am attending Mashup University today, but it is only a coincidence that today’s cool site is itself a mashup! Top City Books combines ECS data, Google Maps, and Yahoo Geocoding to display the top books sold in cities around the world. Geocoding refers to the process of turning a full or partial street address […]

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Lendmonkey Media Trade Community

Today finds me in Chicago at the first-ever Ruby on Rails conference. Among a number of interesting sessions today, the most interesting one consisted of 5-minute “lightning” demos. Each developer had just 5 minutes to get up on stage, present his application, and answer questions. Bryan Wood showed off Lendmonkey.com. Bryan explained to the crowd […]

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Interarchy File Transfer for the Macintosh

Version 8.1 of the Interarchy File Transfer application for the Macintosh now allows files to be transferred in and out of Amazon S3. I’m definitely not up to date on happenings in the Mac world (the last one that I used had a main memory size measured in kilobytes), but this application looks really good […]

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Mechanical Turk for Metadata Collection

There are some fascinating posts over at the ESV blog. ESV refers to the English Standard Version of the Bible. In order to increase the accuracy of their database of Biblical quotations, they used the Amazon Mechanical Turk. The HIT was relatively simple, and asked the Worker to identify the name of the person who […]

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Monday Mound of Multiple Mentions

Here are a couple of cool things that I’ve run across in the last couple of days: CrossAmazon is a Greasemonkey script that adds links to all of the Amazon international sites (Canada, Japan, Germany, France, and the UK) to pages served up from the US (Amazon.com) site. The Amazon S3 Plugin for Eclipse makes […]

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Amazon RSS Feed Generator

RSS feeds are a perfect way to keep track of data that changes on an irregular or infrequent basis. Instead of visiting the data source yourself as time permits, you can simply use RSS feeds to subscribe to an update stream from a site or from an application. The original use of RSS was to […]

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Rankforest

Rankforest tracks and can graph the sales rank of Amazon products over time, with graphs available over all time, 90 days, 30 days, 7 days, or a single day. Many graphs are available for free; some others require a free account, and a final few require paid membership. There are also hourly and daily RSS […]

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DVD Wars: Blu-ray Disc vs. HD-DVD

It’s VHS vs. Beta, all over again! Back when I was young, there were two main consumer video tape formats, VHS and Beta. Both had their advantages and disadvantages, and it took years for the market to decide which one was best. VHS ultimately prevailed, to the extent that many of today’s youngest consumers don’t […]

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Wishlist Buddy

Thom Wetzel sent me information about his new site, the Wishlist Buddy. As Thom notes: I’ve noticed that a lot of the times with books, DVDs and video games, the prices usually start out high and work their way down to less than half price over time. I used to add items to my Amazon […]

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