Amazon

I’ve had my Kindle for just over three weeks now. I’ve really enjoyed using it: I’ve finished two full-length books (“The World Without Us” by Alan Weisman, and “Takeover” by Charlie Savage), I’ve downloaded and dipped into a couple of Project Gutenberg files (Milton’s poetry and Greek philosophy), I’ve sampled an enjoyably trashy novel ((No,…

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Here’s a nice example of a successful bit of business synergy. (Pardon the “stream of consciousness” style; this is exactly how it went.) I was sitting in Starbucks this morning, sipping my quad espresso macchiato, and listening to a podcast ((It was one of the excellent “Semi-Coherent Computing” pieces from The Register. Highly recommended –…

Read More The iTunes/iPhone/Starbucks business model seems to work

759 pages in six hours. Thoroughly enjoyable, I thought. A touch of the C. S. Lewis’s at the end, but nothing wrong with that. I wonder how the other 1.3 million ((There were 1.4M pre-orders at Amazon.com, and another 0.8M at our non-US sites. Our fulfillment network delivered 1.3M books today. That’s 1,700 tons of…

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After about 8 months here at Amazon.com, I’m shifting groups, and offices, and buildings. Up until now I’m been working in the Distributed Systems Engineering team, focussing on scalable middleware technologies. I’ve now moved over the the Website Platform group; hopefully the name is self-explanatory. In order to be close to my new team, I’ve…

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