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Comment Re:Where are the S3 tools now? (Score 1) 187

Where are all the good end-user tools for S3 now?

As others have mentioned, Dropbox and SugarSync are consumer interfaces to S3. I think the fact that Amazon references "objects" and "buckets" in S3 terminology is directly because they didn't really build S3 to be an "online file system" type service (though s3fuse provides it). They intended to be merely the backend for the consumer services you mentioned.

That being said, clients aren't always strictly downloadable software. My most-used S3 client is built into my Synology DiskStation NAS and provides nightly backups to S3 (hopefully they add support for Glacier). Also, I frequently use Panic Transmit for Mac OS X, which is an FTP client that also has support for S3.

Comment Re:Welcome to teh FailBoat, Amazon. (Score 1) 187

Interesting question though: if I submit a retrieval job, how soon do I have to actually download the associated data? Can I wait a few hours or days?

According to the AWS Blog, 24 hours:

Each retrieval request that you make to Glacier is a called a job. You can poll Glacier to see if your data is available, or you can ask it to send a notification to the Amazon SNS topic of your choice when the data is available. You can then access the data via HTTP GET requests, including byte range requests. The data will remain available to you for 24 hours.

Comment Re:Potentially a good service - needs a consumer t (Score 2) 187

I think this opens the possibility for a middle-man company to provide [...] tools for end users.

You hit the nail on the head about AWS' goal: They are providing the APIs for others to develop consumer-level tools and products by utilizing their existing infrastructure. Everything, from EC2 to S3 to R53, is geared towards developers (which will then market to end users) by providing full functionality via an API. Glacier is no exception, and as you said, there will be great tools available for end users for those ready to create them.

Maybe someone reading this thread is already fast at work developing exactly what you say.

Comment "Reference" folder (Score 5, Interesting) 434

I once read a Best Practices manual for Microsoft Outlook by the Outlook team that changed how I deal with email. The premise is this:
  • Have only two folders: Inbox, and Reference.
  • When an email comes in and it does not need to be acted on, read it, then move it to Reference.
  • If an email needs to be acted upon, leave it in your inbox until the task is complete. This may be hours, days, weeks or months. But everything in your inbox is something that is waiting on someone.

I frequently had a habit of reading emails on my smartphone and forgetting about them. Now, I can either move them to Reference on my phone, or do it when I get back to my desk. But nothing slips through the cracks this way, which was a huge problem when I first got a smartphone.

Comment ICQ (Score 3, Interesting) 71

Can you really do group chat with no central server?

ICQ proved that it was possible over a decade ago. Simultaneously, they proved that it was not a good idea (as I remember friends saying, "Who are you talking to? I don't see him! Re-invite!").

Comment Re:here's the scale (Score 1) 439

Considering how small CDMA radios are, one should be able to make tiny CDMA receivers that get the time sync code from the cellular network.

Not a bad idea, but one must take into account the life span of CDMA networks - Verizon has said they plan on deprecating their 3G network for Voice-over-LTE by 2013. Perhaps 1XRTT will be around for years after that, but it's still a technology that won't be around for as long as GPS will be.

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