Amazon EC2 Side Note

This was taken from their EC2 page. Very interesting!

Completely Controlled
You have complete control of your instances. You have root access to each one, and you can interact with them as you would any machine. Each instance predictably provides the equivalent of a system with a 1.7Ghz Xeon CPU, 1.75GB of RAM, 160GB of local disk, and 250Mb/s of network bandwidth.

Pay only for what you use.
$0.10 per instance-hour consumed (or part of an hour consumed).
$0.20 per GB of data transferred outside of Amazon (i.e., Internet traffic).
$0.15 per GB-Month of Amazon S3 storage used for your images (charged by Amazon S3).

Amazon EC2

Just receieved an email from Amazon’s webservices. It seems they are beta testing their “Amazon EC2″ (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud). A EC2 is basically a computation cloud that allows you access for $0.10 per hour. “Amazon S3″ (Amazon Simple Storage Service) is part of this.

It will be interesting to find out exactly what this is and if there is any way it can make what we do better or add something that we didn’t know we needed.

Here is the email that was sent to me this morning.

This is a short note to let you know about a limited beta of our newest webservice: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Since the beta will bevery limited, we’re only e-mailing a select group of developers at thispoint who have been making Amazon Web Services requests in the past month.
Amazon EC2 is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in thecloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
Just as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) enables storage in thecloud, Amazon EC2 enables “compute” in the cloud. Amazon EC2′s simple webservice interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimalfriction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resourcesand lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. Amazon EC2reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances tominutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as yourcomputing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics ofcomputing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use.
At this stage, we’re only accepting a limited number of beta customers, soif you’re interested in Amazon EC2, we recommend you move fast. If you findthat our beta is full by the time you sign up, please accept our apologiesand stay ready. As soon as we can accommodate more participants, we wille-mail those of you who have given us your e-mail addresses and you’ll haveanother chance to try Amazon EC2. Click on the link below to learn moreand get started:

[Link removed as this was peronalized for myself]

Sincerely,
The Amazon Web Services Team

Azoogle Ads 2.0 Preview

A short while back I mentioned how Azoogle Ads updated their first login page. I also surmised that this was a prelude to a whole new interface for Azoogle. It seems that guess was correct.

For those of you that have Azoogle Ads, when you logged in you should have seen this banner. There is no set release date yet.

For those of you that do not have Azoogle Ads, Azoogle is a CPA (Cost per Action) advertising network. That means that Azoogle provides you with links. You can choose any of these links and if somebody clicks on them, visits the target website and does an action (could be buying something or filling out a form) you earn money.

Azoogle Ads has been better than similar places like Commision Junction due to 2 things. Azoogle has real time reporting and Azoogle lets you choose any link/service that you like. CJ’s reporting is rather slow and you need to apply to each affiliate and be accepted. The last part makes testing out new campaigns rather difficult.

If Azoogle can keep their interface clean while giving better reporting options, Azoogle’s users will be armed with the best tools available.

You can test drive the new Azoogle Ads 2.0 HERE.

You can register for Azoogle Ads 2.0 HERE.

Cool UFO Videos

Here are some cool UFO videos. A part of us wants to think they are real, but the sceptic in us might prevent it. Judge for your self.

There is sound so you may want to have your sound turned on for these.

Pre 9-11 UFO by the World Trade Center (Quite Honestly the Best)

Possible UFO Crash (or Frozen Plane Waste)

UFO in Bulgaria

Live Crop Circle Fomation

Alien Seen in Car Comercial

AdWords Prefers Older Sites

I am constantly playing around with online marketing and often use Google’s AdWords program. I have come to realize that Google does not like new sites. Google costs less for sites that have been tagged as pertaining to certain topics. In my experience this may be half as much as it normally would be or less!

If you are serious about internet marketing, be sure to give your sites time before using an AdWords like click campaign.

Concatenate a Column in SQL Server

There may be reason for you to concatenate a column from one SQL table to one field. In other words, you want to append or add a column’s contents into one merged string.

In SQL Server you can do this with a function pretty easily. Here’s an example.

CREATE FUNCTION FUNC_CONCAT (@ID BIGINT)RETURNS VARCHAR(8000)AS
BEGIN
DECLARE @Result VARCHAR(8000)
–We need to set result to a blank string or else it will be a null value.
–A Null string and an empty string are not the same thing.
SET @Result = ”
SELECT @Result = @Result + StringField FROM TableName WHERE ID = @ID
RETURN @Result
END
GO
SELECT DBO.FUNC_TEST(1234)
–or
SELECT
DBO.FUNC_TEST(ID) ResultString, *
FROM
MasterTable

What is your favorite part?

Have you ever heard of Hot or Not? HotOrNot.com is a website where people post their photos. They then get ranked by visitors on a scale of 1 to 10.

I just expanded on this a bit and openned up FavoritePart.com. At Favorite Part you can click on any photo’s “Favorite Part”. The better pictures get more votes and the clicking shows the actual “Favorite Parts”. You can review others clicks and see how many of them where unique.

I plan on expanding this once there is a following. Movie clips/slides and also a part rating. With the part rating you would choose a number from 1 to 7 (I like that more than 1 to 10) and assign that number to a part. For example an actress’s eyes might be a 9 while her hair might only be a 6.

This dynamic part rating system is all my invention, so don’t be stealing any of my great ideas!