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If you want something done right, do it yourself.

@Amazon: Maybe you should update your info staff: it is, of course, possible to talk to the Amazon server with various programming languages. Apart from .Net, Javascript and PHP there are several others. Of interest to me is the PHP Class offered in a ready-to-use package by Amazon. This allows you to talk to the Amazon server directly as well as access files, downloads etc.

You can find the link to the PHP application documentation here:


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The steering wheel and the driver are on the right side.

This is actually not uncommon in Myanmar, as Burma used to be a British colony. The British introduced left-hand traffic to the country, which is technically still the official rule. But in 1970, president General Ne Win decided to change all that after dreaming about dying in a car crash on the left side of the road.

Without so much as a flinch, Ne Win introduced right-hand traffic the next day. One can only imagine how insanely chaotic Burma’s streets must have been after his sudden ruling!

I know this has little to do with sound recording, but we will soon be travelling to Hispaw by train and explore the jungle there. Then we’ll finally have some more sound material too! In the meantime, we are still sweating in the Burmese heat and waiting for the Avosound cloud solution to come to fruition.

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'Trucks' is a very good Stephen King movie that could easily be set in Burma as there are so many of the metal behemoths in this country. Old Burma Road in particular is popular with delivery trucks - loaded with water melons and assorted stuff, they travel bumper-to-bumper on the old merchant route.

It pays to be a bit of a handy man when you are a Burmese truck driver, as the roadsides are lined with abandoned vehicles. The ones that are still in traffic look like moving scrapheaps and sound as if they are about to break down (which they probably are). The same, by the way, is true of the public buses.

The blue truck in the above picture is an interesting example of the traffic in Burma. By Burmese standards, this vehicle is in rather good shape, but there is something wrong with it…a tiny detail…can you spot it?

Hint: look at the driver’s cabin.

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For the first time on our journey we are traveling on the legendary Old Burma Road, a centuries old trade route used by smugglers and merchants from China. In the end, though, we did not see that much of Old Burma Road, as darkness came early in Myanmar and our shared-taxi driver decided to temporarily turn his Toyota into an airplane. Flying pedal-to-the-metal along serpentine roads, we passed an impressive number of trucks (some of them abandoned in the ditch).

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Disappointing news from the nice cloud agent at Amazon: we were just told that external communication with the Amazon Cloud is most likely not possible.

This is pretty much useless.


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Clouds rarely adhere to any parameters. Clouds unleash rain whenever they want. They also come and go as they please. Just ask any Italian family vacationing in Switzerland - they are often at the receiving end of this whimsical behaviour! Whenever they barbecue by a lake, a storm seems to gather in the sky. Needless to say, this is very annoying. All the food gets drenched and the whole family has to dive for cover under wet trees. Then they have to rescue all their BBQ items swept into the lake…

None of this is of any use to anyone. The intricate illustration above shows the communication conundrum with a cloud. A cloud is of little use to us if it doesn’t know what to do. We want it to rain on command - or to open and close as we see fit. A very good reason, then, to book an individual consultation with an Amazon agent. I’m curious to find out more!

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After spending some time talking about clouds, we realise that there are many kinds of them. Some are a good fit, others not so much. One major aspect in regard to clouds is communication.

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The Matterhorn in the clouds. Even the Matterhorn ends up in the clouds occasionally…

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We now know that there are many different clouds. Some, for example, hover around the Matterhorn. Posting this picture is a bit tricky, as the local population (i.e. natives) do not like it when their precious Matterhorn is used to advertise products. And speaking of advertising: you have to be equally careful about using the Swiss cross when advertising a Swiss product. Turns out you can’t just label anything with a Swiss cross anymore. The product has to pass the ‘Swissness’ test first! But now we are digressing…what we really wanted to talk about was clouds.

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How is the composition of a cloud?

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