There are a whole lot of articles talking about the release last week of the Amazon Fire. We are choosing to link to this one from Computer World. Joe and I talked in detail about how we feel about them. We agreed that they are missing a few key parts like a Camera, Microphone, BlueTooth and HDMI output are minor issues given the price. The other major issue we had was if it will get updated on a regular schedule. When will it get the upcoming Icecream Sandwhich? How compatiable will it be and for how long with future releases of Android? Amazon actually never talked about what the OS was. Their focus was on the product and storing things in their cloud. It's probably going to be the right choice for a lot of people and hopefully they understand the differences.
While surfing around the other day looking for stories about the Amazon Outage I came across this story about how SmugMug managed to come through it basicly unaffected. The article is written by Don MacAskill acording to his LinkedIn Profile he is Co-Founder, CEO, & Chief Geek at SmugMug. The article goes through a lot of inforation and I warn you now that it is a long article. I suggest reading it so that you can start understanding the limitations in the Cloud and what can be done to avoid it. (Tip: Read the links to the Forum Posts. A lot of the comments are pretty bad.)
When you get done with this one check out this post from Joe Stump,a former Digg employee and currently at SimpleGeo. He talks about how people should have planned for this type of event. It's a great read with awesome points.(Also much shorter ;) )