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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-03

  • http://twitpic.com/puyo – Oh, sweet! Amazon launched a free iPhone app! This is going to be dangerous… :-) #
  • The Amazon iPhone app has a feature called Amazon Remembers, where you take pics of stuff you want to buy and they match it (like SnapTell). #
  • If Amazon Remembers works well, it’s going to be a great feature. I’ll try it out later and report results. #
  • Tested Amazon Remembers by taking a picture of my Kindle. A little while later, I got an email with a match/link. Cooool! :-) #
  • @DavidLuzsi The app is called Amazon Mobile, I just searched for Amazon in the App store. It’s free. in reply to DavidLuzsi #
  • @philmartinez Yeah, and 1-Click purchasing is enabled by default in the Amazon Mobile app (though they do warn you, and you can turn it off) in reply to philmartinez #
  • @mas90guru That is cool (when it finds a match, the link in the email takes you to the item in the iPhone app, along with a regular URL). in reply to mas90guru #
  • And when Amazon Remembers finds a match, it shows up in the iPhone app as well, not just in the email they send you. Nice touch. #
  • Apparently, Amazon is using Mechanical Turk (human beings) to match photos taken for Remembers, and not algorithmic matching. Interesting. #
  • @BrianEnigma Yeah, it’s cool that they’re using Mechanical Turk. I guess Amazon is the one who pays for the HITs. Wonder how it’ll scale? in reply to BrianEnigma #
  • @egrigg9000 Cool idea (taking a picture of an event poster, getting an iCal file back). Doubt Amazon would do it, but someone else should! in reply to egrigg9000 #
  • @adamd @camikaos I’m sock-sock-Croc-Croc. :-) And @rachelbancroft and our kids can’t stand shoes and socks, and are often barefoot. :-) in reply to adamd #
  • @camikaos I don’t think they can help it. @rachelbancroft was raised by hippies in Eugene, and passed the barefoot tendency on. :-) in reply to camikaos #
  • Want to browse (or work on, for $0.10 each) the photos that Amazon Remembers users send? Here’s the HIT on MTurk: http://tinyurl.com/5g89an #
  • @warnercrocker Thanks for the nod in the 4th annual Ink Blot awards. :-) Would definitely love to have a beverage with you some day! :-) in reply to WarnerCrocker #
  • Anyone know of other iPhone/mobile apps using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk – human processors? They have an API, but I don’t know of many apps. #
  • You know, Amazon’s iPhone app could add Shazam-like “listen to a song then buy it from AmazonMP3 Store” functionality. That would rock. #
  • @feedle Yeah, yeah, buy a gPhone. But here’s Amazon’s oppty to horn in on iTunes’ music buying monopoly on the iPhone. Disruption! :-) in reply to feedle #
  • @feedle Easy on the iPhone/Apple/Jobs hate there, fella. 😉 in reply to feedle #
  • @feedle Meh. T-Mobile and Google will lock you in just as much as Apple and AT&T. Yes, lock-in is evil, but my iPhone makes me happy! :-) in reply to feedle #
  • Wow, Amazon Remembers is getting faster. Took a picture of a Nintendo DS on my screen @ Amazon, AR identified it within about a minute. #
  • @feedle Why do you pay for three different cell phone service plans and have three SIM cards? in reply to feedle #
  • @feedle Ah. I don’t travel internationally enough to pay for another account in another country. So unlocking gets me nothing. in reply to feedle #
  • @jkuramot I’ve tested AR with my Kindle, my MBP power brick, my Timbuk2 Metro bag, and a screen image of a DS Lite. They nailed them all. :) in reply to jkuramot #
  • Yay! Another free Creative Commons story from Cory Doctorow (and Ben Rosenbaum). Going on my Kindle right away. http://tinyurl.com/63whwd #
  • testing post to twitter using vlingo #
  • @jkuramot I don’t feel TOO bad. They’re getting 10 cents per match from Amazon. Now, I feel bad costing Amazon 10 cents a pop just messing. in reply to jkuramot #
  • @bkwalker I just tested three rather obscure devices I had at my desk. We’ll see if AR identifies them all. in reply to bkwalker #
  • AR nailed the Asus R2H UMPC, got kind of close with the Aiptek Action HD cam (showed a similar model), and flubbed the Cingular 8525 phone. #
  • Playing with post to twitter using vlingo I phone app #
  • Psst. Do you like the FAILBlog? Here’s it’s counterpart, http://onceuponawin.com/. #
  • @adamd Congrats on your Wired Epicenter blogging gig! :-) http://tinyurl.com/5wcv34 in reply to adamd #
  • I feel lonely and sad to not be with my community at #pdxwi tonight. Wish I was there listening to @turoczy. But I <3 being with my f … #
  • Sometimes I feel like an outsider to all the cool PDX geek events because I live in the burbs, and often can’t make evening events. Oh well! #
  • I may not be at #pdxwi tonight, but I follow so many people who are, it’s like I’m attending remotely, from inside all of your heads. :-) #
  • Getting new people involved in a community is hard. I say it’s more about a friendly, willing-to-teach attitude than any magic site or tool. #
  • A lot of us (including me) jump to “let’s build an X for that!”, but I think we’d get better results from more mentoring and friendshipping. #
  • @funkatron @jtkendall The new unibody MacBooks and Pros do support audio input via the iPhone earbids’ mic. in reply to funkatron #
  • Speaking of earbuds, I’m torn. I need new ones. Do I spend $80 on Apple’s new ones, or $20 on another pair of Sony MDR-EX51s? Decisions… #
  • @monkeysplat Yes, the new Apple buds with online mic and controls are available for order, shipping in a week. in reply to monkeysplat #
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