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  •  Amazon: Our cloud powered Obama's campaign (12+ / 0-)
    Network World - Amazon says its market-leading cloud platform housed more than 200 custom-built applications for President Obama's re-election campaign, resulting in a temporary IT deployment that rivals the scope and complexity of IT services at the largest enterprises.

    And then, after the campaign, it was basically all taken down. Hence, the power of the cloud. "The words 'mission critical' definitely apply here," wrote AWS blogger Jeff Barr in a recap of the Obama campaign's use of the AWS cloud. "With the opportunity to lead the United States as the prize, the stakes were high."

     The how they did it articles are really interesting to me.  Sorry to copy, paste and run, but I gotta go try to get healthy again.....

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:54:39 AM PST

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    •  But... (12+ / 0-)

      Jeff Bezos was a Romney supporter, was he not?

      Someone feeling wronged is like someone feeling thirsty. Don’t tell them they aren’t. Sit with them and have a drink. - Lemony Snicket

      by Floja Roja on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:05:22 AM PST

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      •  More re Jeff Bezos...... (6+ / 0-)
        Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of, and his wife, MacKenzie, have agreed to donate $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State, instantly becoming among the largest financial backers of gay marriage rights in the country.
        FORTUNE -- Jeff Bezos likes to read. That's a dog-bites-man revelation if ever there was one, considering that Bezos is the cerebral founder and chief executive of a $100 billion empire built on books. More revealing is that the Amazon CEO's fondness for the written word drives one of his primary, and peculiar, tools for managing his company: Meetings of his "S-team" of senior executives begin with participants quietly absorbing the written word. Specifically, before any discussion begins, members of the team -- including Bezos -- consume six-page printed memos in total silence for as long as 30 minutes. (Yes, the e-ink purveyor prefers paper. Ironic, no?) They scribble notes in the margins while the authors of the memos wait for Bezos and his minions to finish reading.
        Amazon (AMZN) executives call these documents "narratives," and even Bezos realizes that for the uninitiated -- and fans of the PowerPoint presentation -- the process is a bit odd. "For new employees, it's a strange initial experience," he tells Fortune. "They're just not accustomed to sitting silently in a room and doing study hall with a bunch of executives." Bezos says the act of communal reading guarantees the group's undivided attention. Writing a memo is an even more important skill to master. "Full sentences are harder to write," he says. "They have verbs. The paragraphs have topic sentences. There is no way to write a six-page, narratively structured memo and not have clear thinking."

        Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

        by princesspat on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:37:59 PM PST

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