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The EC2 API as a Defacto Standard

By George Reese
August 9, 2011

The argument for EC2 as a defacto standard is, at some level, the same as it is for any defacto standard: through the EC2 API, you eliminate the need for others to learn some custom API and you can leverage the existing, sizable ecosystem. But there is no such thing as the EC2 API. EC2 is actually many different APIs and adopting the EC2 API as a standard ultimately implies supporting all of those APIs.

Four short links: 3 August 2011 - Library Licensing, Mac Graphics, Coal Computing, and Human Augmentation

By Nat Torkington
August 3, 2011

Just Say No To Freegal -- an interesting view from the inside, speaking out against a music licensing system called Freegal which is selling to libraries. Libraries typically buy one copy of something, and then lend it out to multiple users sequentially, in order to get a good return on investment. Participating in a product like Freegal means that...

Four short links: 29 March 2011 - Mobile Money, Materials Magic, Minimising Multiples, and Making Motion

By Nat Torkington
March 29, 2011

Serve -- American Express mobile payments play. Money on mobiles is a huge potential, look for others to bang around here before the right answer is found. (via Mike Olson) Move Mayonnaise and Ketchup (YouTube) -- I don't know why you'd want to move mayonnaise and ketchup intact, but this is the machine for it. (via Russell Brown) Duplicates...

Four short links: 24 March 2010 - Digital Subscriptions, Graph Database, Data Science, and High Speed Compression

By Nat Torkington
March 24, 2011

Digital Subscription Prices -- the NY Times in context. Aie. Trinity -- Microsoft Research graph database. (via Hacker News) Data Science Toolkit -- prepackaged EC2 image of most useful data tools. (via Pete Warden) Snappy -- Google's open sourced compression library, as used in BigTable and MapReduce. Emphasis is on speed, with resulting lack of quality in filesize (20-100%...

Defining clouds, web services, and other remote computing - Part 2 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"

By Andy Oram
December 15, 2010

Technology commentators are a bit trapped by the term "cloud," which has been kicked and slapped around enough to become truly shapeless. So in this section I'll offer a history of services that have led up to our cloud-obsessed era, hoping to help readers distinguish the impacts and trade-offs created by all the trends that lie in the "cloud."

Four short links: 6 August 2010 - Amazon Margins, Crowdsourced Science, Data Tool Opensourced, Document Splitting

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2010

AWS: Forget the Revenue, Did You See the Margins? (RedMonk) -- According to UBS, Amazon Web Services gross margins for the years 2006 through 2014 are 47%, 48%, 48%, 49%, 49%, 50%, 50.5%, 51%, 53%. (these are analyst projections, so take with grain of salt, but those are some sweet margins if they're even close to accurate) Science Pipes...

Four short links: 23 July 2010 - Reputation Systems, Faceted Search Tutorial, Video Utility, and Chinese Slang

By Nat Torkington
July 23, 2010

5 Reputation Missteps (and how to avoid them) (YouTube) -- a Google Tech Talk from one of the authors of the O'Reilly-published Building Web Reputation Systems. Solr on EC2 Tutorial -- the tutorial shows how to index Wikipedia with Solr. (via Matt Biddulph) clive -- a command line utility for extracting (or downloading) videos from Youtube and other video...

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