from Amazon, Amazon S3, is very interesting. It’s very simply API-addressable storage on the internet at a very low rate – 15 cents a month per Gig of storage and 20 cents per Gig of transfer. Am I wrong, or would it be trivially easy for the guy who made my backup software to integrate this into his software in some way so that I could have cheap overnight offsite backups? I know I could use Automator to upload a full backup image to Amazon S3 once a week – which is just what I plan to do.
competition in offline bookstores in Canada, it’s fitting that Amazon is bringing competition online with Amazon.ca. It looks like it’s still in a rollout phase, but it’s one way to give yourself an alternative to Chapters/Indigo that doesn’t break the bank (like paying for books in US$ would do).
I’ve never written a book, but I have had the experience of holding a book I helped produce (I co-designed, layed out, and helped edit) in my hot little hands when it first arrived from the publisher. I have had very few more satisfying feelings than that one – so I can just imagine how great Derek feels holding his book having written the thing!
All of which prompted an expensive day at Amazon yesterday. I bought DfC, Jeff Veen’s book, and the new-ish edition of Rheingold’s classic The Virtual Community, in which I believe my name is mentioned (among many others, a testament more to Howard’s supreme graciousness than to any contribution I may have made) in the Forward.