The most important new feature is the Oracle blogs search. Using Google custom search, I have created a search engine that lets you search all the blogs aggregated by OraNA. By all I mean more than 136 Oracle related blogs plus all the blogs hosted at blogs.oracle.com. Give it a try.3 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog, Google, search
All I can say is that I’m honored, not only because I am featured in Oracle magazine as the Blogger of the Year, but also because I am featured on the same page as the Oracle Author of the Year, Jonathan Lewis.25 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog, magazine, oradot, oraqa
Using Google News Search and Technorati Blog Search in addition to some Google Reader and Feedburner magic, I have put together a web page that aggregates and displays Oracle OpenWorld related blogs and news sources.
On a similar note, you may also want to take a look at OraNA, the largest Oracle blog and news aggregator on the Net.Comments Off | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, oow
If you use OraNA to stay current on the lastest Oracle news and blogs, you may have noticed that the aggregator was flooded by a bunch of past posts from a few Blogger’s blogspot blogs. This is because OraNA is based on Google Reader. Google Reader re-publishes updated feeds, which means that if an item in the feed changes, it will be marked as new. So, I suspect that something has changed on these few blogs marking their feeds as updated. As a result, the posts were picked up by Google Reader (and ultimately, OraNA) as new. Sorry for the inconvenience.2 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog, feed
In addition to its really cool AJAX look and feel, this Grazr OPML viewer/reader has some nice features like:
But the feature that is also very interesting is the ability to automatically include and view comment feeds for each post (if supported by the blogging software). For example, to see this feature in action, click on “David Aldridge” in the list, then click on the comment feed at the and of each post to read the comments (if they exist of course).
Tom asks: What sites like digg/reddit/techmeme do you use that you find truly useful and pleasant to use?
popurls is the dashboard for the latest web-buzz, a single page that encapsulates up-to-the-minute headlines from the most popular sites on the internet.
The main purpose of the site is to provide a quick glance on what’s happening without using your desktop/web RSS reader. New headlines (since your last cookied visit) come in pretty red, visited ones are grey.
Original Signal currently aggregates the 15 most popular sites in each of the following categories: Web 2.0, Tech, Gadgets, Jobs and Buzz. They even have a Most Popular page, and a very nicely aggregated Digg page.
I like these sites, they give you an instant overview of what’s buzzing on the net right now. It’s even very easy to create one of your own.Comments Off | Filed in Interesting, Technology | Tags: aggregate, aggregator
I have switched my online feed/news reader from Bloglines to Google Reader. Bloglines has always been my favorite, but I wanted to use GReader’s unique features – which you can read all about at the GReader blog.
The GReader’s newest feature allows you to add your reading list (or any label of your choosing) as a module to your Google Personalized Homepage. What’s more cool is that you can add more than one instance of the GReader module and tell them to display different labels, use different sorting orders, etc…
So, in addition to powering OraNA, GReader now powers my Google Personalized Homepage:
Read more about share.opml.org.2 Comments | Filed in Personal | Tags: aggregator, Google
I will take you through the three easy steps that I followed to set up OraNA. You can follow the same steps to set up your own aggregator if you wish.
I will also share with you the features that make OraNA unique, like the ability for anyone to contribute feed items, the aggregation of feeds for websites that do not have feeds (like Jonathan Lewis’s web site), and the option to “plug-n-play” the aggregator on any website or blog, with just one line of code.
Here is how I (re)created OraNA:
1 – Set up the feeds in Google Reader:
Recently Google Reader introduced the ability to share labels. Using this feature, you can subscribe to many feeds, label them with a specific label, and then share that label. A shared label has one unique feed URL. subscribing to that one shared label feed is the same as subscribing to every feed with the same label.
So, I subscribed to all the feeds that I wanted to include in OraNA, labeled them “oracle” and then turned on sharing on that label.
2 – Created the OraNA feed in FeedBurner:
3 – Added the sources to BlogRolling:
Now, when I want to add a new feed to OraNA, all what I need to do is to subscribe to the feed I want to add in Google Reader, label it “oracle” and add it to the blogroll in BlogRolling.
OraNA aggregates the feed for http://del.icio.us/OracleNews. I created the OracleNews del.icio.us account specifically for OraNA. If you have a del.icio.us account, links that you tag for:oraclenews will appear in OraNA. I will have to approve the links first before publishing them to OraNA (i.e. save them to OracleNews).
OraNA has a Firefox extension, get it here.
OraNA aggregates ALL the blogs listed in blogs.oracle.com, including ALL Oracle executive blogs, ALL Oracle employee blogs and ALL Oracle non-employee blogs. I will make sure that new blogs added to blogs.oracle.com, will also be aggregated by OraNA.
New feed content normally appears on OraNA within few minutes from publishing. Updated feed content will also reappear on OraNA.
OraNA includes Jonathan Lewis’ feeds for jlcomp.demon.co.uk/faq/ind_faq.html and jlcomp.demon.co.uk/ind_misc.html. I know, these pages do not have an RSS feed, but with the help of feed43.com or Ponyfish, everything is possible :). Here is the feed for the FAQ page, and here is the feed for the articles page.
And to list the sources, add this code:
Happy news reading
Important Note: If you are already subscribed to the OraNA feed, make sure you use http://feeds.feedburner.com/orana to continue receiving updates.6 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog, feed, Google, News
Justin just announced that he rolled out the final piece to blogs.oracle.com – an RSS aggregator. The only change I noticed was the addition of the “RECENT POSTS” side bar. Is this the RSS aggregator? There is no RSS feed for the aggregator, however, Justin said that they were looking into adding it.
Nevertheless, I was hoping to find a feed URL in the HTML source of blogs.oracle.com, so I right-clicked on the page and selected “view page source”. Browsing through the HTML code, I did not find a feed URL, instead, I found this link http://blogs.oracle.com/discuss/msgReader$1 which turned out to be some type of page hit counter. According to this page, as of this writing, there have been 25825 hits since 1/30/2006; 12:50:14 PM.
Going up one level to http://blogs.oracle.com/discuss/ there was a discussion group page. On that page there was one topic with the subject “It Worked!”. This reminded me when blogs.oracle.com was first announced. Clicking on the subject opened the message which contained instructions on how to create new posts and change preferences. It looks like blogs.oracle.com is hosted on a UserLand’s Manila website and weblog publishing system.
I wonder why Oracle did not create their own weblog publishing application. That’s what Macromedia (now Adobe) did. They created their own blog aggregator called the Macromedia XML news aggregator (aka MXNA). MXNA is the best aggregator I have seen so far. I just wish that blogs.oracle.com will someday have the same features as MXNA. Given that Oracle is fairly new to this blogging thing, compared to Macromedia, I still have hope. It certainly is a good start.3 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog
I’m a heavy user and big fan of Bloglines. I use it as my main and only news reader. In addition to the fact that it is web based – which means I can access it from my home and work computer, after their recent data center move and upgrade, their feed update has been really fast. When I publish a post on this blog, it only takes a few minutes before it appears on Bloglines. You can read why I like Bloglines here. But, this is not what this post is about.
No matter what news reader you use, you may end up with many feeds in your subscription list, 100, 200 feeds, maybe more. The question becomes how to manage this list to make your blog/news reading as effective and less time consuming as possible.
Previously I organized my subscriptions into folders. Each folder corresponded to a “topic” or “category”. For example, I placed Oracle related blogs into an Oracle folder, ColdFusion related blogs, into a ColdFusion folder, and so on. Every “topic” had its own folder.
Last weekend, after reading Top 10 tips for effective blog reading, Productivity Tips For Avid Blog Readers and Controlling RSS Overload…Animal House Style, I decided to change the organization of my feeds and the way I read them. Here is how I set up my folders in Bloglines:
So far, it is working. In other words, I am not wasting time reading useless posts and finding more time reading useful posts.
I’m interested to know what your “RSS/ATOM” subscription/reading habit is. How do you organize your feeds? How often do you check your news reader? Do you have an advice you can share with us to make our RSS/ATOM overload more manageable?4 Comments | Filed in Personal, Technology, Tips | Tags: aggregator, blog, feed