Use Amazon SimpleDB for Free

databases Amazon has announced a new pricing tier today for their web services based distributed database engine SimpleDB. They have lowered storage price by 83% ($0.25/gb/month), and added a free usage tier.


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Buy Flex 2 for Less

web I just noticed today that you can buy Adobe Flex from Amazon and save a few bucks. They have Flex Builder 2 with Charting for $715.99 (it cost $749 on Adobe.com), and the standard Flex Builder 2 for $459.99 ($499 on Adobe.com). Both will ship for free.


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Amazon S3 Storage Engine for MySQL

databases I got an email today from O'Reilly today about the MySQL Conference (coming up at the end in April), it looks like a pretty good conference, but one of the sessions caught my eye. It was called A Storage Engine for Amazon S3.


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Subversion Book for $2.99

books I just noticed this deal on SpendFish, and I thought some of my blog readers may be interested... Amazon has the book Practical Subversion by Garrett Rooney on sale for $2.99. It qualifies for free shipping if you spend over $25 as well.

They have a few other tech books on sale for $2.


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Amazon's EC2 and S3 to take on Google?

web I can't help but thinking that Amazon's new Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) web service, and their S3 storage service are being launched to compete with Google. Or at least help decrease Google's dominance (and make some bucks in the process).


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Amazon CTO on Security

web Credit card information should be kept in a physical secure location separate from your other servers with armed guards in front of it (I am not kidding)...


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Amazon Recomendations Email

misc I got an email from Amazon.com today that said:

We've noticed that customers who have purchased Apple iWork '05 (Mac) are also interested in FileMaker Pro 8 Win/Mac. For this reason, you might like to know that FileMaker Pro 8 Win/Mac is now available for ordering.


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Add an Amazon Wishlist to your Blog or Site

web I built a simple tool that lets you create an amazon wishlist blog badge. It generates compliant HTML via some javascript that you can insert into your blog or website template, and style with CSS.

Here's an example:

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Amazon Adds Tagging

web I just noticed today that you can tag products on Amazon, check out this screen shot:

I wonder if they will be providing access to this through their API? Perhaps Jeff Barr, or someone else over at Amazon Web Services could let us know.


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CodeFetch

books coldfusion CodeFetch is a clever little app that searches published books for code samples matching your search. So if you search for cfmail you will get code samples from several books on ColdFusion. You can then of course buy the books through amazon.


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Forbes Best of the Web

web Forbes has released their best of the web for Summer 2005. Much to my surprise my dealazon blog was ranked in the top 10 shopping blogs by the Forbes Editors.

Here's their review of the dealazon blog.


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GreaseMonkey User Scripts

web After hearing a lot about grease monkey I finally got around to installing it and playing with it, and it's pretty cool!.

What is greasemonkey?

It's simply a firefox extension that allows you to run JavaScript User Scripts when the current page matches a URL pattern specified.


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Amazon Search Dashboard Widget for Tiger

apple web I have had Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger for 3 days, and I have already released my first Dashboard Widget called Dash Shopper - Amazon Product Search Dashboard Widget.

The widget supports multiple locales US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, and Japan.


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Fooling Amazon

apple misc As I mentioned the other day I ordered Mac OSX 10.4 for $95 off of Amazon. Since Tiger is not out yet, and I selected free shipping, and group my packages into as few shipments as possible, Amazon was holding the other items that I ordered and waiting to ship them until Tiger arrived.


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Upgrade to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for $95

apple I just ordered my upgrade to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger off of Amazon because they have a $35 mail in rebate if you order by May 1st.

I also grabbed a copy of iWork 05 for $74, and iLife 05 for $69.99 (saving another $16). You can get some good deals at Amazon on Apple software.


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OpenSearch by Amazon's A9 Search Engine

web Amazon's A9 Search engine has just added a very cool feature called OpenSearch. The idea is pretty simple, web sites can submit RSS feeds for their search results to the A9 OpenSearch web site, then users can search lots of sites from one portal, or search aggregator.


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Amazon Context Specific Recommendations

books web You may have noticed in the last few weeks I have had something at the bottom of my posts called Related Books Beta. Let me explain how I did that.

I play around a lot with Amazon web services (have you seen my site to find amazon deals?).


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Amazon Deals

web New Amazon Deals Shopping Web Site

I just launched a new web site for Finding deals on Amazon called SpendFish. The site is built with CFML, and is still in Beta - there are tons more things I plan on adding to the site.


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Central Book Finder Application

books web Now that Central 1.5 is out, I can release this Central Book Finder Application that I wrote back in December when Central 1.0 was out.

I couldn't release it under the Central 1.0 license, but now with the Central 1.5 Open Distribution License I can.


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