Amazon S3, Azure, Live Grid and the cloud

Now Amazon have opened a European S3/EC2 datacenter in Dublin I am experimenting with video hosting on Amazon S3 and having data in Europe.

Several reasons:

  • there is a big fat pipe out of that datacenter into most European markets; most of the family watching our videos are in Europe. It’s a lot of hops closer (lower latency, better experience) and it’s a whole lot faster (not slurping out of my server rack at 1 Mb/s at best)
  • I don’t have to worry about the storage of the data. It’s just there.


I’m looking at moving other data into the cloud too; waiting to see what Microsoft offer up in terms of Azure and other offerings. Live Grid is consumer grade right now – but looks like a good start.

Adobe AIR and updating twhirl

Problems updating twhirl – it kept reporting an ‘Adobe AIR error 0’.

The problem was that the installer did not have permissions under Vista to install into c:program files.

The solution – run the Adobe AIR installer as Admin – c:Program FilesCommon FilesAdobe AIRVersions1.0Adobe Air Application Installer.exe – then select the .air file and install.