AWS News Blog

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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Amazon Mechanical Turk wins a Codie

We are pleased and proud to announce that the Amazon Mechanical Turk was the winner of a 2006 Software Industry Association Codie award in the category of “Best Web Services Solution.” For those of you who are keeping score at home, this is our second Codie in as many years. — Jeff;

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ACM Queue: Interview with Amazon’s Werner Vogels

People more persistent and clever than I have managed to find the Werner Vogels interview in the current issue of ACM Queue. Werner is Amazon’s CTO and the author of the All Things Distributed blog. Werner goes into considerable detail on the inner workings of the Amazon site, scalability issues, our internal services architecture, and […]

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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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GuruLib – Organize Your Books, DVDs, and CDs

GuruLib uses a bookshelf metaphor to implement a cataloging system for books, DVDs, and CDs. After creating an account and entering your collection, you can view it in 4 different ways — All, Books, Movies, or Music. You can then further organize your collection by shelf. As the author notes in his blog, he built […]

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ACM Queue: AI Gets a Brain

The newest issue of the ACM Queue contains an article that I co-wrote with Felipe Cabrera (VP of Software Development at Amazon). The article, “AI Gets a Brain“, covers the fundamental concepts behind the Amazon Mechanical Turk. We start off with a historic review of the original Mechanical Turk (covered in depth in Tom Standage’s […]

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IBiz S3 Integrator

Gent Hito of /N Software sent me some information about their new product, the IBiz S3 Integrator. The S3 integrator (currently in beta testing) provides an easy to use developer interface for accessing Amazon S3, with full access to create, modify, and delete buckets. Includes documentation, help, and a sample S# browser application. Developers will […]

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AmazonCommerceService.NET – Free .NET Library for ECS Access

Ed Quinn dropped me a note with information about his newest creation, AmazonCommerceService.NET. AmazonCommerceService.NET is a set of .NET classes. It creates REST requests for ECS and then queues them up, dispatching them to Amazon at the rate of 1 request per second per the license agreement. The results are delivered asychronously as they arrive, […]

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Entrepreneur’s Perspective on Amazon S3

I’ve known Scott Johnson for quite a while now. He did some really great work at Feedster, and he’s a diligent podcaster. Scott is never at a loss for words, so I asked him what he liked about Amazon S3, and how it helped him to architect and to build Ookles. Scott responded with a […]

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