Amazon has earned its place next to Google and Apple in the â€œBenevolent Triadâ€, the three companies shaping how our future will look. I donâ€™t like everything they do but two years ago they rolled out a service called S3 that is pretty good.
S3 or â€œSimple Storage Solutionâ€ is your hard drive on the Net. With it, you can quickly and cheaply store and share files on the web with anyone.
Companies like SmugMug uses it to store all of their users photos, companies like JungleDisk create easy to use, remote backup solutions for you, and companies like Sixty Second Tech use it to serve their podcasts.
Best of all, S3 is much less expensive than normal web hosting charges. Most hosts charge you when you go over your bandwidth limit. With S3, you pay for every gigabyte but at a greatly reduced price. Apparently running one of the largest sites on the net gets you a huge discount on bandwidth.
S3 is easy. Visit Amazonâ€™s Web Services page and sign up for an account, then start uploading files. The best program Iâ€™ve found for managing my S3 account is S3Fox, a FireFox plugin that looks like a ftp program.
So go ahead, upload that video of cousin Carlâ€™s wedding where Aunt Tilly was â€œover servedâ€ by the bartender, with Amazon S3 you can share the hour long ordeal with the entire family without emptying your wallet.
My name is Cal Evans and I am your sixty second tech.
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I know that most of you use iTunes to pull this podcast down to your iPods. I also know that to date there have been a grand total of two reviews posted on iTunes about this, your favorite of all tech podcasts. So, grab your mouse, fire up iTunes (or click here) and start writing! What are you waiting for, an invitation? Get out there and review, I wanna see five stars, right now! Go! Go! Go!