Posts Tagged ‘amazon’

Where Amazon Will Go Next

The other day Amazon’s Jeff Bezos admitted Amazon makes no money from the Kindle itself. That’s not as bad as it sounds. Jeff Bezos is referring to the hardware. Amazon sells content for the Kindle and that can make money. This is akin to shipping at cost and making money off the product you sell. […]

Kindle Fire HD Is Ad Supported

PCMag quotes an Amazon spokesperson: “[W]ith Kindle Fire HD there will be a special offers opt-out option for $15. We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We’re happy to offer customers the choice.” Apple may have a reputation for gouging customers […]

NASA’s Streaming Server Setup

With Curiosity’s landing just hours away GigaOM has some information on how NASA plans to stream coverage of the landing. Sounds like the big winners are Nginx and Amazon Elastic Load Balancer: They built a test infrastructure comprised of a single origin server (a Mac Pro housed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory) serving four bitrates […]

Kindle Poll And Brand Confusion

I’d love to know how this question was asked so that “I don’t know” was even an option. My guess is confusion existed over the iPad, iPhone and Android apps which leads to the question: is “Kindle” the reading platform or the hardware? I’m not even entirely sure myself. Amazon should have done a better […]

Cable Fail

I’ve been looking for a 4 conductor male TRS connector (Apple iPhone headset jack) for a small project. Simple enough. I found a cheap extension on Amazon a week ago that seemed to fit the bill. For posterity here’s what the description says: Technical Details Made and designed to work seamlessly with the Apple iPhone. […]

Engineering Efficiency

Internet companies have the unique ability to scale quicker than any other industry on earth. Never before has a company been able to position itself from being nothing more than an idea to being in the living rooms of millions around the globe in a matter of hours. While this introduces seemingly unlimited opportunities to […]

Amazon S3 Outage

The buzz around the web today was the outage of Amazon’s S3. It shows what websites are “doing it right”, and who fails. This is a great follow up to my “Reliability On The Grid” post the other day. Amazon S3 is cloud based computing. Essentially when you send them a file using their REST […]

Reliability On The Grid

There’s been a lot of discussion lately (in particular NYTimes, Data Center Knowledge) regarding both reliability of web applications which users are becoming more and more reliant on, as well as the security of such applications. It’s a pretty interesting topic considering there are so many things that ultimately have an impact on these two […]

April Fools 2008

As usual, my list of April Fools that I saw today: Google’s Project Virgle the first permanent human colony on Mars. Google’s Gmail Custom Time lets you choose when to send mail. Never be late again. Google’s gDay™ with Mate™ lets you search content on the internet before it’s created. Google Talk to convert conversations […]

Interesting Things

10 Wierdest things you can buy on Amazon is definitely weird. Sure to make the delivery guy wonder. Also quite interesting is How To Hide An Airplane Factory. [Hat Tip: A Welsh View]