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EC2 for Poets in 2012
By Dave Winer on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 8:08 PM.

A picture named blogthisGuySmall.jpgThree years ago, I wrote a tutorial called EC2 for Poets that made it relatively easy for a technically proficient user to set up a Windows server in Amazon EC2. A few hundred people tried it, and were able to get servers running. They could install apps, and run web apps that they then could access from home or on the road. Having your own server "up there" can be pretty cool, makes a lot of things possible that otherwise would be hard.  #

For example you can run a personal river of news. That's what I do on one of my EC2 instances. Not only for myself but for a few friends at universities and publications. I'm now working on one for a friend who teaches at Harvard. And there's a biologist at Columbia who's using Radio2 to keep a linkblog running. This stuff really works, and is not so hard to set up. And once it's set up, it pretty much runs itself.  #

Running a server may sound hard. But in practice it's as easy as running a laptop. In some ways it's even easier. #

And Amazon and Microsoft just made it possible to run an EC2 server for a year for free!  #

That's a pretty big deal if you were thinking it might be too expensive just to play around.  #

So in summary: #

1. EC2 for Poets#

2. River2#

3. Amazon EC2 pricing page#

Just to be sure everything is working, I set up a River2 installation on a micro EC2 instance, and it really went smoothly. :-) #

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