Monday, July 02, 2007

July 3rd System Upgrade

A new message was posted on the Mechanical Turk today from Amazon:

We are upgrading our system on Tuesday, July 3rd, between the hours of 12:00am and 3:00am PDT. During these times, users will not be able to register for new Mechanical Turk accounts. Some users will be not be able to transfer funds or view account balances. Existing users can still submit HITs, but some payments will be delayed until the upgrade has finished. Statistics may also be inconsistent during this maintenance period, but will be correct after the system upgrade.

Back to Turking

There's a book I want to order from Amazon, so I've been doing some Turking again the last few days. It's still not as fun as the good old days right after it launched, but I've managed to make a few buck while laying on the couch late at night. I did about 50 short transcription hits for over the weekend, but so far they haven't been approved. The "Are these watches different?" hits from Amazon remind me of the good old days somewhat, since they're quick to do, but they seem to trickle them out and they're quickly gone. I probably won't have the patience to get ripped off for my work long enough to get the entire amount I need for the book, but it was fun to spend a few hours back in the slave yard.