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Getting Started with Amazon S3

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After I signed up for Amazon S3 and CloudFront last week, I started to use it right away. Before that, I tried to get as many information as possible. It seemed easy. I had to deal with some new words like “bucket“, “Access Key ID“, and also “Secret Access Key“.
Amazon S3 — just like its name — is a storage service. What makes it different from “storage” in webhosting is that there is no FTP access. But, the mechanism of “moving your data to a storage server” is similar to FTP. In FTP, we will connect to your server using some basic information like hostname, username and password. In some cases, we will need an FTP port. And we can do it easily using FTP clients like Filezilla, CrossFTP,  WinSCP, etc.
Amazon S3 uses a little bit different process. Just imagine “Access Key ID” as “username”, and “Server Access Key” as the FTP password. Both information are generated by the system and they’re not easy to remember.

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Seesmic Web-Based Twitter Client

There are many tools and applications to work with Twitter, but right now, I use Twitterfox as my primary tool to interact with my Twitter account. I also have some applications installed like Seesmic desktop, DestroyTwitter, and TweetDeck. But, when I start working with my browsers, I rarely open other Twitter desktop client(s).
Seesmic introduced its web-based Twitter client. If you’re using the desktop version, it’s very similar. The web-based version recreates the desktop application. I tried it, and it looks good. The main reason using Twitterfox is because it offers simplicity with very basic features (updates, checking replies/mentioned, and direct message).
So far, my favorite feature of Seeismic (web-based version) is the Gmail-like style. Simple. And, it’s auto-updated, too.
Of course, if you have wide-screen monitor, you can switch to multi-column interface.


Flickr Toys: Do more with your photos

Flickr Toys is a set of utilities to do creative things with our photos. So far, my favorites are Flickr DNA (Orangescale’s FlickrDNA) and Jigsaw.

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DivCounter: Webpage Tag Scanner

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How many HTML tags are there in your web page? How many opened and closed tags? If you’re curious to get that information, you can use a handy tool called DivCounter. Using this tool you can scan a web page to get the number of opened and closed data.
Not all HTML tags are scanned by default, you can add more tags to scan. Just enter the tags (separate by commas) and this tool will do the work. If you have unclosed tags, you probably want to fix it. But remember, not all tags should have closing tags e.g. img or br. I think it’s a good tool to learn about HTML.