Amazon’s Simple Stoiage Service (S3) turns three this week. Over the last year, S3 has grown from 18 billion objects stored to 52 billion. That’s a lot of files and a lot of growth over the last year.

To celebrate, they’re lowering the price on incoming file transfers from $0.10/GB to $0.03/GB, so now’s a good time to try it out and upload some huge files.

From the Amazon Web Services blog:

We owe the success of the service to you, and on the 3rd anniversary of Amazon S3, we’ve decided to say “thank you” with a few more “3s.” We’ll be offering “data transfer in” to Amazon S3 for only $0.03 per GB (vs. the standard $0.10) for the next 3 months, April through June. As always, data transfer between Amazon S3 and EC2 within regions remains free, and all other pricing dimensions are unchanged. At the beginning of July, prices will return to normal, so if you’ve been thinking about moving a new project into Amazon S3, now might be the time.

This video from Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose is interesting for a lot of reasons – but I think there are some things we can take away from it in higher education.

In particular, I like the idea of testing product names via Google AdWords. In the video, Ferriss talks about the process he used to name his book, The 4-Hour Workweek. He would buy AdWords placements for many different titles and see which one got the best click-through rates. The ads went to blank pages and he got great market data for a relatively small amount of money.

Might be an interesting thing to try when we’re thinking about marketing slogans and branding in higher ed.

The video also has interesting information about angel investing and advising new and small businesses. If you’re interested in how some pretty visible people look at investing, you may learn a thing or two.

I missed the actual day a few weeks ago, but March marks the one year anniversary of the start of this blog.

I started it to both fill what I saw as a need in the higher ed blogosphere as well as for selfish reasons. I wanted to learn WordPress and I wanted a place I could flesh out some ideas and explore topics that interest me. I think I’ve accomplished that thus far. I celebrated the anniverary this week by re-skinning the site and adding in some new features.

Here are the 5 most popular topics from the first year of this site:
1. Season Your Passwords With Salt
2. Have you made your FriendFace profile yet?
3. Do you have an iPhone icon for your school?
4. QR Codes: Is it time?
5. YouTube Goes Widescreen and HD

Thank you for reading this siteand for leaving great, though-provoking comments. Thank you for subscribing to the RSS feed. Thanks for following me on Twitter. Thanks to Brad and Matt for including this site in Thanks to Karine for including it several times in her weekly newsletter.

Here’s to a successful year two. I’ll try to bring you great content and hope to meet as many of you as I can at conferences and presentations around the world over the next year.

I’ll leave you with a song from one of my favorite albums.