Imitation as Flattery

December 11th, 2007 12 Comments

gap_postcard_4_1.jpgSteve Chan sent me a note today asking me if I’d seen this blog, called Oracle Applications DBA APPSLab.

Apparently, the blog’s owner, Famy Rasheed, was asking Steve to list his new blog on Steve’s blogroll. Steve is a very conscientious (and popular) blogger, who has been plagiarized in the past, so he was doing the right thing by checking with me.

Let me say it now. I love Famy and his APPSLab blog. No flames here.

Here’s why. If Famy is copying our name, and I have to say “if” because it could be unknowingly, then someone out there thinks we’re cool, and that’s gravy. This is a happy-gram from the imitation-as-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery department for me.

Check out Famy’s content, and it’s wildly different than ours, so he’s definitely not plagiarizing. If Famy’s doesn’t know we exist, then he should now, and that’s one more reader for good old AppsLab. I can say old because we got started first.

Again, this isn’t a cease-and-desist. Frankly, I don’t care, and I doubt that Paul, Rich or Anthony does.

Somehow, I think he knows about us. Check this out:

Here’s our about:

Oracle AppsLab is a think-tank developed to drive adoption of new web patterns and technologies across Oracle’s business and products.

Here’s his tagline:

Oracle APPSLab is a think-tank developed to drive adoption of new technologies across Oracle’s business and products.

So, again, no need to flame. This is really a nice, albeit weird, compliment, in my mind. Check out Famy’s blog and see for yourself. And Steve, if you decide to add him to your blogroll, can you make sure we come out on top?


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12 Responses to “Imitation as Flattery”

  1. Rich Manalang - FriendFeed Says:

    Imitation as Flattery

  2. Rich Manalang - FriendFeed Says:

    Imitation as Flattery

  3. Jay Says:

    Other than the ‘think tank’ (duh!) stuff which he seems to have copy pasted and which does not fit his blog, I think he is cool.

    I agree. Leave him alone. We want more pple writing searchable material on this stuff.

  4. Jay Says:

    Other than the ‘think tank’ (duh!) stuff which he seems to have copy pasted and which does not fit his blog, I think he is cool.

    I agree. Leave him alone. We want more pple writing searchable material on this stuff.

  5. famy rasheed Says:

    Hi,

    This is Famy myself..

    When i used to think of starting a blog on Oracle Applications, I had no idea in the beginning..and still I am very new into this. I hope I am keeping my blog and updating it well. So in the beginning when i was searching for a tag line, I just got that from here itself. I was not having any intention to copy paste the whole site.

    Now when i saw this report I am very much surprised. I have updated with a new tag on my blog so that there is no issue on this regard from now onwards.

    And hope you already know that my stuffs are completely different and unique from what you are carrying here..

    Please feel free to visit http://onlineappsdba.blogspot.com

  6. famy rasheed Says:

    Hi,

    This is Famy myself..

    When i used to think of starting a blog on Oracle Applications, I had no idea in the beginning..and still I am very new into this. I hope I am keeping my blog and updating it well. So in the beginning when i was searching for a tag line, I just got that from here itself. I was not having any intention to copy paste the whole site.

    Now when i saw this report I am very much surprised. I have updated with a new tag on my blog so that there is no issue on this regard from now onwards.

    And hope you already know that my stuffs are completely different and unique from what you are carrying here..

    Please feel free to visit http://onlineappsdba.blogspot.com

  7. Jake Says:

    @Famy: No worries, we did not have any issue with your blog. I just found it flattering that someone out there cared about what we’re doing.

    You should join Oracle Mix (mix.oracle.com) to stay in touch with the Oracle community.

  8. Jake Says:

    @Famy: No worries, we did not have any issue with your blog. I just found it flattering that someone out there cared about what we’re doing.

    You should join Oracle Mix (mix.oracle.com) to stay in touch with the Oracle community.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    > And hope you already know that my stuffs are completely different and unique from what you are carrying here..

    The whole blog is a copy/paste of Oracle Metalink notes !!

  10. Anonymous Says:

    > And hope you already know that my stuffs are completely different and unique from what you are carrying here..

    The whole blog is a copy/paste of Oracle Metalink notes !!

  11. Jake Says:

    @Anonymous: I don’t read Famy’s blog, but it pops up in my Google Alert for ‘appslab’. Even if the content is copied from MetaLink, some would argue that’s a plus, since MetaLink isn’t indexed by search engines, leaving that content locking away behind a login wall.

    Meh.

  12. Jake Says:

    @Anonymous: I don’t read Famy’s blog, but it pops up in my Google Alert for ‘appslab’. Even if the content is copied from MetaLink, some would argue that’s a plus, since MetaLink isn’t indexed by search engines, leaving that content locking away behind a login wall.

    Meh.

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