Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).




The API is nice for getting your own info, and the RSS feeds are good for getting recent posts from a user, but something missing is an unauthenticated API that gives you all of a user's tags, or their common tags.

Thinking about Dave Winer's comments on the Amazon S3 API. Dave, how about a local app that uses the sample code or WSDL to connect to S3, and provides an XML-RPC interface? You could do this in Python with the built-in SimpleXMLRPCServer module if you liked; it wouldn't be too much code.

Update: I've made a little S3 XML-RPC to REST proxy in Python, if you're interested in doing this sort of thing. It works as described above; you can talk to it with XML-RPC and it'll talk to Amazon via the Python S3 REST library (included).


That's excellent about S3's BitTorrent support, BTW. So you can now throw a file up on Amazon and get them to seed it, for $0.20/gig to upload, $0.15/gig to store it, and $0.20/gig BT traffic? The prices aren't that fantastic compared with dedicated servers ($100/month for 1000 Gb traffic and ~80Gb storage, which you could call $0.09/gig traffic and $0.07/gig storage), or a shared plan, e.g. $10/month for 750 Gb traffic and 20 Gb storage at netfirms (similarly, $0.013/gig traffic and $0.01/gig storage) or Godaddy's $15/month for 1000 Gb traffic and 100 Gb storage ($0.01/gig traffic, $0.007/gig storage).

If you don't care about traffic, just space, Godaddy is the best deal if you can fill the 100 Gb completely. If you just have a little, it seems like Amazon is way cheaper than anything...