Amazon is going to do to enterprise cloud companies exactly what it did to book stores – I was contacted by a company a while back offering cloud based storage at costs that seemed to good to be true. I asked them how they were doing this and they replied Amazon Cloud storage. I really didn’t know what to make of it and I think our correspondence kind of died off. But this article suggests that Amazon is intending to take over cloud storage.
Amazon’s competitors think customers are using Amazon’s cloud “to experiment,” said Jason Mendenhall, the vice president for cloud at Switch Communications, which runs one of the biggest facilities on the planet to host the computers that power the cloud. But already the interface for connecting to Amazon’s cloud is becoming a sort of de facto standard in the cloud community, because so many programmers know it. And with the growth of startups that started on Amazon, how long will it be until the “low end” cloud provider is creeping further and further up the value chain, just as “cheap” Japanese automobiles did in the US after their first, humble introduction in the 1950s?
And, unlike books and movies, cloud storage is making money for Amazon. “In the slides accompanying Amazon’s latest earnings report, one chart indicates that revenue from “Amazon Web Services, Advertising Services, and Co-branded Credit Cards” totaled $750 million in the first three months of 2013.”
With few other outlets for complaints, inmates review prisons on Yelp – As the headline suggests, inmates are resorting to Yelp to give feedback about the jail system. (Jails and prisons are different, yo. Jails are for temporary confinement and prisons for long term). “Jail food may get a bad rap .?.?. but jail EMPLOYEE food is off the chain,” wrote one woman of a local jail cafeteria, where $1.50 apparently buys a plate of chicken, green beans, wheat bread, dessert and fresh, not instant, mashed potatoes.The Washington Post
Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion On Anne Rice – A small blogger called “Miss Articulate” didn’t like Pandora by Anne Rice and turned it into a craft item. Anne Rice was alerted to this either by a fan or a Google Alert or something and posted her displeasure over this blog entry on Facebook. This sent a legion of angry fans to Miss Articulate’s site. It’s not that someone couldn’t protest the use of the book as a craft (although why that’s a *thing*, I don’t understand because it’s not like she is using a rare edition but nonetheless), the way in which the Anne Rice fans choose to voice their unhappiness is Exhibit A why an author should never do this. Articulate and Intricate
The first commenter, Courtney, writes “HOW DARE YOU EVEN COMPARE SHITTY ASS STEPHANIE MEYER TO THE QUALITY WORK THAT IS ANNE RICE HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU FUCKING HAG, I HOPE YOU GET HERPES”
And Jose “My dear: Even if you dont like a book i dont get why you have to destroy it, Nazi memories perhaps?”
When Miss Articulate suggests a less ad hominem attack might be more helpful, another commenter takes the disingenuous route “It’s merely stating that destroying books is one of the things Nazis did, why get so personal?”
Amazon.com: Customer Discussions: ****Spoiler to beat all spoilers*** The HEA – don’t look if you don’t want to know – Speaking of fan meltdowns, a reader in Germany got his hands on an early copy of Dead Ever After and wrote about the ending on the internet. The ending isn’t what a set of readers was looking for and the outrage began. And then another set of fans, Harris loyalists, tried to combat the spread of spoilers but the spoiler spread like locust in the summer and no one (save maybe Moses and a divine intervention) would stop it. I’ve tried to be as vague as possible. We plan to have a review of the series ender by Robin aka Janet who has read the entire series faithfully. Do NOT click the link if you don’t want to be spoiled.Amazon Readers
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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