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
The following are 10 blogging tips I extracted from Tim Ferriss‘s presentation (video below) originally titled “Scalable Blogging Behaviors: How to Grow from 1 to 1,000,000 Readers”, then re-titled to “How to Blog without Killing Yourself“:
Of course the above tips worked for Tim but they may or may not work for you and me.
Here is Tim’s full 50 minute presentation:Comments Off | Filed in Tips | Tags: blog
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
Harald van Breederode is an Oracle DBA trainer working for Oracle University in The Netherlands. He is an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and an Oracle Certified Master (OCM). He is also blind.
I became blind at age 40 and it took a while before I realized how important Braille actually is. Without it I would certainly have lost the notion of layout and it would almost be impossible to perform any serious programming work. I use Braille mostly on my laptop where I use a Braille display to feel what you can see, but I use it also in my daily life to identify any medicine I might have to take for example.
By the way, Louis Braille was the inventor of braille, a world-wide system used by blind and visually impaired people for reading and writing.
Blog added to OraNA.info.
Update: Joel Goodman also started a new blog.3 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: blog
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