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gav (2710)

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Thursday October 31, 2002
09:59 AM

Amazon

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I got an email this morning from Jeff Bezos (sometimes I like to pretend that he cares enough to personally send them to me). It seems that Amazon are now going to sell apparel and accessories.

For almost a year, we've been working on a new effort which we've internally called "Ruby." Ruby is almost ready for its public unveiling. But, before we release it broadly, we wanted to give our best customers a chance to try it first (warts and all) and give us feedback.

-- http://www.amazon.com/ruby

Unfortunately it seems to be mainly warts. Choosing "Browse -> Men" (shouldn't that be "Browse -> Men's", I'm not browsing for men), gives me this wonderful error.

Amazon.com Timeout
Something about your request to Amazon.com caused our server to take a long time ... longer than we would like. So, we automatically stopped the program. Please try again.

-- http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/1040658/

That's one thing I don't like about Amazon, they really make it hard to create links. I've always thought that keeping URLs simple so that you can easily give them to friends is a bonus. Doesn't "http://www.amazon.com/browse/Apparel/Mens" look much more inviting?

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  • I've been a fan of "nice" URLs for a long time. While I do not usually go the trouble of using path_info for parameters, I do try to make things easily bookmarkable. Amazon and bookpool are both useful sites that are simply impossible to create bookmarks for. If nothing else, shouldn't they setup mod_rewrite rules so tha path you suggested "just worked"? A simple handler set at "/browse" could probably do the same thing as well.
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