(via) Google supports unavailable_after, and also 1-visit pages (which you can visit once for free, but after that you have to pay for them). Google is really newspaper friendly actually, they go out of their way to index content behind a pay-wall.

An Amazon image uploading service. How would a scalable image uploading service work that you could integrate in your on sites? Maybe:

  • You sign up, enter your Amazon keys.
  • You add a form to your site, where users can upload images. (The service could also provide bulk uploader programs and such.)
  • Users submit the form, image gets uploaded to EC2, transcoded, resized etcetera, and stored in your own Amazon S3 bucket by the service.
  • The service then POST’s the results to a script on your server, with the metadata about this picture, which you can then enter in your database.

Advantages: I don’t have to code any scalable S3 stuff, or any image resizing stuff, everything just gets uploaded and stored in my S3 bucket. Also, I own the images. I just pay the service a small fee for processing the images.

Is this a reasonable approach? I would certainly use this service if it was idiot-proof and affordable. Does it already exist?

via “In particular, working with him (…) he is one of the most
professional people I’ve ever worked with. In the sense that, he
thought through all of the formal relationship between a client and a
professional such as himself. Obviously, very deep thoughts about this
and, therefore he had very clear conclusions about what the
relationship meant to both parties and how it should be conducted.

For example, I asked him if he would come up with a few options. And
he said ‘No, I will solve your problem for you, and you’ll pay me. And
you don’t have to use the solution. If you want options, go talk to
other people. But I’ll solve your problem for you the best way I know
how, and you use it or not, that’s up to you, you’re the client, but
you’ll pay me’.