Amazon Web Services (AWS) is launching its own directory service, allowing administrators to either set up their own cloud-based directory of users or replicate existing on-premises directories.
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As part of my annual end-of-year clearout, I've decided to ditch the print versions of the White and Yellow Pages and reclaim some bookshelf space -- let's face it, if I want a phone number, I'll inevitably go online to look for it. However, it seems that might be a less common viewpoint than you'd think. Sara Rich at The Australian reports that revenues from both Yellow and White Pages print editions continue to grow, with the latter rising by 10.8%. While growth is even faster for online directories, they're not yet making the same amount of money. Do you still make use of print directories, or would you rather get your phone numbers from the Net? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Sensis bucks global trend as Yellow Pages revenue grows
It's been years since we looked at a print edition of the Yellow Pages, but even the online version of the venerable business directory doesn't often attract our attention. Now the whole project has become more useful for a very simple reason: Sensis (the Telstra division that produces the Yellow Pages) has finally allowed Google's robots to index Yellow Pages content, meaning that everyone's favourite search engine now has access to Australian businesses which might otherwise never appear in online results. (The fact that it was ever blocked is frankly one of the weirdest Internet strategies imaginable, but that's another story.)We're a tad sceptical that being in a Yellow Pages listing will result in businesses getting more visibility in Google search results, as Sensis claims (based on its existing high traffic). Nonetheless, knowing that non-tech-savvy businesses will now appear in search results is very useful. (Note: Existing Telstra mobile customers might want to stick with the Yellow site when on the road, if only because it's free to access on many Next G plans.)
Windows only: Free, open-source application Remove Empty Directories, aka RED, scans any folder you point it to for empty or partially empty folders and helps you remove them. With advanced options for protecting specific folders or detecting folders with just one file type—like an empty music folder that still has album artwork in it—RED is perfect for cleaning out your music library or a cluttered document tree. Just don't go delete-crazy and lose something you need—though if you do, our guide to recovering deleted files with free software can help. Thanks Jan!