So, we had some downtime overnight, not sure anyone noticed. Rich and I decided to make a couple tweaks to make the blog load faster. I removed Google Friend Connect, which didn’t seem to do much beyond create a static network with some infrequent discussion. I expect future changes to GFC that might be interesting,… Read More
Hotlinking? What Year is it Again?
During this morning’s feed reading, I came across a great post from one of my new favorites, Emails from Crazy People, another hilarious UGC-based blog from the Cheezburger Network. These guys provide various forms of hilarity to brighten your day, including I Can Has Cheezburger? and the Failblog. Incidentally, they have the best business model… Read More
Join the ORACLENERD Family
Chet, the ORACLENERD, dropped me a note yesterday. He’s thinking about expanding his empire to include more Oracle content. His plan is to reach out to people in the Oracle blogging community who don’t post very frequently (ahem, John P.) to see if they’d like to join his Nerd Herd. Sounds like a good idea.… Read More
In Defense of Anonymous Commenting?
If you read here, you probably know I’m against anonymous commenting and generally against anonymity online. If you know me IRL, you’ll understand this is part of who I am. To call me direct is accurate, if not an understatement in many cases. I’m blunt and unedited and not very good at pretending. I learned… Read More
Call for Post Ideas
I’m having serious blogger’s block lately. There are plenty of topics I’d love to discuss but can’t, so I guess I’m just feeling gravity’s pull. This blog has been around for a while now, and if you read here, you know it’s pretty much my opinions and stuff I think is interesting or cool mixed… Read More
What is Blogging to You?
This post on Mashable today about another WordPress plugin that can integrate and surface your FriendFeed and Twitter activity on your blog got me thinking about what a blog means anymore. Blogging used to be the ultimate form of self-expression (or navel-gazing, depending on your perspective) on the ‘tubes, but now, Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook… Read More
A Posse, I Has One
The sadly unfortunate and untimely death of one of our own has me waxing philosophically about our “community”. Those of us who blog about Oracle (or even just blog in general) form a loosely-coupled community of like-minded individuals, i.e. we don’t agree on everything, but we can all agree that blogging is important. I’m impressed… Read More
What Are Your Five Feeds?
Paul asked me a while back which feeds I would keep if I could only have five. Or something like that, the exercise was basically, pick five and only five. If you’re like me, you cull your feeds every so often. Every three to six months, I get overwhelmed with unread items and cut out… Read More
Blogggin: Ur Doin It Rong
One of my favorite memes is LOLcats. I never get tired of them. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. I had hoped to find a hilarious “ur doin it rong” to go with blogging, but alas, you’ll have to be amused by these representative samples. Anyway, I have a few pet (pun intended) peeves… Read More
Blogger Program Renewed for OpenWorld 2008
I’m pleased to announce that Oracle is renewing the blogger program for OpenWorld 2008, which will be held at the Moscone Center in beautiful San Francisco, September 21 through 25, 2008. Most of the operational details are the same as last year: Oracle provides the conference pass to qualified bloggers. Oracle does not cover travel… Read More
Blogging Success and –deleted–
Ironically, as I wrote my FAQ post on starting a blog, ORACLENERD was blogging his termination. The reason, his blog. The coincidence is multi-fold: The ‘NERD underlines why enterprise people are generally wary of blogs–writing blogs, having blogs written about their company, having people who work at their company write blogs. The only reason I… Read More
AppsLab FAQ: How Do I Start a Blog?
Here’s the second installment in my AppsLab FAQ series. The first was a huge success, 0 comments. This installment focuses on another question I get asked a lot, “How do I start a blog?” or some variant. Typically, I answer with a question like “Why do you need a blog?” to get into the motivation… Read More
Friending in Real Life is Easier
I wanted to share funny story from Friday. After WebVisions, I headed over to Beer and Blog, a weekly Friday gathering of local bloggers at a local brew pub here in Portland. The brainchild of Justin Kistner, these working sessions are as much social gatherings as they are instructional workshops, and that’s how we like… Read More
Blogging is Hard
I just realized that I’m nearly at the one year anniversary of my very first post. Interestingly, at least to me, I’ve blogged about 350 times since then. That’s nearly one per day. Blogging is harder than it looks. What do you think of our last year of blogging? Anything you’d like to see done… Read More
Another Reason Product Development Should Blog
Tim’s blog crossed the one million hits mark recently. This is a great milestone for Tim and his team, congrats. It also reminded me of another reason to add to David’s series on why product development should blog. Blog as support resource. Back in early 2006, I was an applications architect working in E-Business Suite… Read More
Do You Know Robert?
It’s funny how micro-focused I can get. I am continually reminded of how much I live in a bubble world, and it’s always nice to have that bubble popped. Working in technology, I tend to assume that other people are geeky like me. They have Tivo, broadband, Macs, iPhones, blogs, hundreds of “friends” on Facebook/Twitter/network… Read More
Why Product Development Should Blog
David has an interesting, multi-post series going over at his blog about his experiences blogging. These are part of an ongoing case study that I hope will become an argument for why all product teams should blog. It’s unlikely that there will ever be an end to this collection, unless he shutters the blog, so… Read More
Notes and New Blogs
So, I have returned from vacation on Hawai’i, a.k.a. da Big Island. Yes, it ruled, and yes, I’m suffering from post-vacation hangover. If you’re ever there and want an absolute thrill, take a doors-off helicopter ride up to the molten lava flowing at Kilauea. When the helicopter turns to your side, there’s only a shoulder… Read More
So Very Tired
Anyone interested in the reasons why I started the blog tag game should read this. Anyone who has permanently judged me should skip it. The game is a tried-and-true meme that’s been around for years. I didn’t invent it. Justin alluded to this in his response; his last go-round was in a tag from Jeff… Read More
What makes a blogger?
Blogging is tough. Some do it well (like Jake) and others don’t spend the time to make it happen (like me). I have found very few that keep it up. It is just another thing that takes up time. Here is what I think makes it work for a person: 1. They have a passion… Read More