You probably heard that Google is going to shut down Google Reader (GR) on July 1st, 2013.
With GR going away soon, I have been working over the past several days to detach it from OraNA.
Blogs that no longer exist have been deleted from the aggregator.
Blogs that still exist but have had no new posts since January 2012 are no longer aggregated by OraNA.
I was surprised at the number of blogs that fell into the two categories above.
The number of aggregated blogs fell from 508 to 323 (plus the blogs.oracle.com feed).
Here is a live list of all the blogs that OraNA aggregates.
I guess the enthusiasm for long form blogging has fizzled out over the years. Lazy bloggers (including yours truly) find it much easier and quicker to “micro” blog using Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
On a personal note, I have moved my daily dose intake of news from GR to Feedly.2 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog, Google
Oracle Performance Storyteller, that’s the short description of Dion Cho’s blog. His blog contains many useful and interesting posts about Oracle performance diagnosis and optimization.
By the way, I am constantly adding new blogs to OraNA.info. If you want to know what blogs I have added, just follow orana_updates.1 Comment | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog, orana
On July 1st, blogs.oracle.com was migrated to a new platform, Six Apart’s Movable Type Enterprise on top of Oracle Content DB. The list of Oracle related blogs (authored by Oracle employees and non-employees) has moved to this page on the Oracle Wiki. Only Oracle employees are eligible to host blogs on blogs.oracle.com.
Along with the migration came a less obvious change, blogs.oracle.com no logger aggregates non-employee blogs. Here is what Justin Kestelyn wrote in this tweet: “blogs.oracle.com will not aggregate nonemployee blogs after all – orana.info does too good a job of that!”
Currently, the total number of blogs hosted on blogs.oracle.com and aggregated by OraNA.info is 78. New blogs are being added to blogs.oracle.com. I can not keep OraNA.info current with this influx of new Oracle employee blogs.
So here is what I’m thinking: I will delete the 78 blogs.oracle.com blogs from OraNA.info, and instead aggregate one feed, the blogs.oracle.com recent posts feed. I will create one additional category on OraNA.info just for this feed. If I do that, OraNA.info will be the “one stop shop” for Oracle employee as well as non-employee blogs.
What do you think?11 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog
Do you want to know which Oracle related blogs are the most linked to? Do you want to know which Oracle related blog posts are the most viewed? Just visit the following two pages on OraNA.info:
OraNA RSS Feed Stats: Feedburner powers the main OraNA feed. I tapped into Feedburner’s API to provide feed stats and a list of detailed feed item use and popularity. The list shows the number of views and clickthroughs for each blog post in the last 24 hours. This list is automatically updated every day at 5:00 AM PST.
Have fun!4 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog
Last Sunday the geek in me wanted to learn something new. So, I went ahead and got started with iPhone development. I wanted to build something simple yet useful. I started at 4:30 PM and by around 8:15 PM an iPhone optimized version of OraNA.info was born.
The following is a short video demonstration of OraNA on my iPhone, which should also work on the iPod touch:
To browse OraNA on your iPhone, visit oradot.com/i/orana/.
Quick tip: If you want to always browse a specific category, you can bookmark the category page.
This is just the beginning. I have a few ideas for more iPhone goodness. I just need to learn some advanced techniques and of course find the time to do it.2 Comments | Filed in Oracle, Technology | Tags: aggregator, blog, iphone, ipod
OraNA.info, the unofficial Oracle news and blogs aggregator, has a new look and cool new features:
OraNA now runs on WordPress, which means that, unlike the older version, OraNA is no more limited to showing only the latest 20 posts. It is still a River of News style aggregator, but the river has become as long as the Nile.
OraNA now supports infinite scrolling. You scroll and scroll and scroll infinitely. Basically, as soon as you get near the bottom of the page it automatically adds more posts (AJAX is so cool). No more “Next Page” and “Previous Page”, it’s virtually endless. Quick tip: use the space bar to scroll down and shift+space bar to scroll up.
OraNA has a cleaner look. Posts are clearly separated and authors are displayed below post titles.
OraNA now aggregates more Oracle blogs than ever, over 266 Oracle employee and non-employee blogs as of today.
If your blog is aggregated by OraNA.info you may:
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The OraBloggers group is not really new. It was created back in January 2006 and currently has a few members. Maybe it’s time to revive it and use it as a public place to discuss the current affairs in the Oracle blogosphere or each others’ posts as Paul suggests, or whatever you like, you decide.6 Comments | Filed in Oracle, WordPress | Tags: aggregator, blog, Google, group
Recently, Technorati introduced the Technorati Authority. It is the number of blogs (not links) linking to a website in the last six months. The higher the number, the more Technorati Authority the blog has.
In addition to Authority, there is also the Technorati Rank. It is calculated based on how far you are from the top. The blog with the hightest Technorati Authority is the #1 ranked blog. The smaller your Technorati Rank, the closer you are to the top.
So, who is currently the most authoritative blogger in the Oracle blogosphere? To answer this question, which somehow I had a feeling to who that would be, I have compiled a list of blogs that are aggregated by OraNA.info and that have a Technorati Authority of 2 or more. I then sorted the list by Technorati Authority in a descending order.
Obviously, blogs that are not aggregated by OraNA.info or that do not have an authority yet are not included in the list. Without further ado, here is the list: Continue reading…24 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog
If your blog is aggregated by OraNA, you can grab the HTML code from here to easily place the “Aggregated by OraNA.info” button on your blog.Comments Off | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog
With the increase in the number of blogs aggregated by OraNA, the idea of categorizing blogs into smaller groups, each with its own theme and its own feed may be a good idea (for me, I still want to keep track of everything).
For example, there are aggregators that aggregate blogs about JDeveloper and others that aggregate blogs about Oracle E-Business Suite. But, is this the best way to keep track of your favorite topic? Well, the keyword here is topic. Aggregators aggregate blogs not topics. A blogger who writes about Java and has a Java related blog for example, may also write about other topics that have nothing to do with Java.
ZapTXT is a free service that lets you keep track of RSS enabled web sites in real time. Just tell ZapTXT what topic (by keywords) you’re interested in and which feed(s) you’d like to monitor, and ZapTXT will notify you by email, instant messenger or mobile device whenever your keywords appear in the feed(s). You will even get a unique RSS feed for your notifications.
Once you have created an account with ZapTXT, you are all set to create “ZapTasks”. A ZapTask is a set of keywords you enter to monitor a given RSS or Atom feed that you specify. You can add your own feed, select one from a list of tags or create an OPML file to monitor keyword(s) across multiple feeds. You can specify multiple keywords separated by boolean operators like AND and OR. You can also enter a phrase in the keywords field and enclose it in quotation marks to perform an exact match.
Once you have created a ZapTask,
For example, you can create a ZapTask to monitor the OraNA feed for any occurrence of “jdeveloper OR jdev OR adf”. As soon as your keyword appears in the feed you get a notification.
And here is an example of an e-mail notification:
ZapTask: name of your search
Title: Title of the blog where your keyword was found
A snippet of the blog post where your keyword was found
Link to full posting: URL
To see past alert results go to: http://zaptxt.com/myzaptasks/
ZapTXT is a very useful service that helps you stay up to date and focused on your favorite topics.3 Comments | Filed in Interesting, Oracle, Technology, Tips | Tags: aggregator, blog