Thursday, June 16, 2005

Miscellaneous

Just some random stuff today.  On the RSS front, it seems about half of you use RSS news feeds and of that, about half like the teaser concept (keep it small) and 30% want the entire thing (22% don’t really care :)  Based on that, I’m going to keep the feed as it is.  My reasoning is

  • I don’t want to hog pages like orablogs, besides – it looks really “ugly” I think with just text after text after text.
  • The latency concept someone said doesn’t do it for me.  You want to talk latency, use a satellite like I do.  I myself want short teasers that I shift click on to open in new tabs when they grab me.
  • I use an aircard, sort of like ISDN on the road, a lot.  Big pages are slow to load, I’d rather have small.
  • I want to know who is interested.  Just counting how many RSS pulls I’ve had doesn’t give me that information.  So what — your RSS new aggregator pulled my article 15 times today, did you actually read it?  I want to know. 

So, for now, the teaser stays in place.  Same for asktom, the top 10, hot and new — they are all teasers.  You know how big those pages could get…

A followup I got in email regarding the“Where in the world” blog reads as follows:

 and nothing better be happening in vegas that NEEDS to stay in vegas!  lol  should i add that myself for everyone to read?????

Any guesses as to who wrote that one to me…  Guess that means my wife Lori reads this too (hi!).  She can get away with the instant message speak in email.  Actually, the saying should be “whatever money you bring to vegas, stays in vegas”.  That would be how I feel today….  At least it took 5 hours to lose it all last night :)

One a side note,    Imagine a toot-toot sound here, that would be the sound of my own horn blowing. You are now looking at the award winning asktom feature of Oracle Magazine. The American Society of Business Publication Editors picked my column for a Silver.  Makes me wish I could visit my high school English teachers, I’m pretty sure you could knock them over with a feather upon hearing that I wrote a couple of books – and have a regular column like that.  I was not the best of students in that particular line of study.  That probably explains why I have a really hard time with the words “then” and “than” (I’m trying – every time I write one or the other, I stop and stare at it for a while).

Today is the last day in Vegas, taking the red eye home tonight – just so I can spend two days at home before I leave again.  I’ll be at ODTUG on Sunday.  My flight leaves at 8:07am.  Appears I can only get to New Orleans early in the morning or late at night and since they have me talking from 5:30 to 7pm Sunday, early morning it is. 

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Blogger Jeff Hunter said....

That would be how I feel today…. At least it took 5 hours to lose it all last night :)
I don't even waste the time. Walk into casino, hand nearest dealer $200 and hit the buffet!

Thu Jun 16, 02:49:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Jeff Hunter said....

Makes me wish I could visit my high school English teachers, I’m pretty sure you could knock them over with a feather upon hearing that I wrote a couple of books – and have a regular column like that. I was not the best of students in that particular line of study.Then that would explain why you have become a technologist rather than a "writer"?

Thu Jun 16, 02:52:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I think Jeff has too much time on his hands, two posts in a row in 3 minutes, heh

Thu Jun 16, 02:59:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Jeff Hunter said....

I think Jeff has too much time on his hands
No, just waiting for imp to copy some data...

Thu Jun 16, 04:24:00 PM EDT  

Blogger LC said....

Congratulations on the award. I have enjoyed asktom for some years now. Keep up the good work.

Thu Jun 16, 05:28:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Any tips for an air card newbie? Thinking of getting one...

is the broadband real? I had some Verizon compression software at one time years ago (cell phone via usb) that caused Oracle networking to not work (sorry don't recall error message but tns something consistently until the verizon software was uninstalled).

Thu Jun 16, 05:49:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Doug said....

"I want to know who is interested."

Nice bit of honesty there (not that I'm accusing you of being anything but the rest of the time!). Whilst the main reason for the work you put in might be self-satisfaction, it must still be good to see the wide variety of people from all sorts of organisations and countries who you help and are interested in what you're doing.

I agree about the Orablogs comment too. It's a little embarassing to clog it up with stuff that may not be of interest. Unfortunately, it seems that Tripod are still getting around to implementing short versions of posts in the RSS feed.

Congratulations on the award! It's very well deserved. There are some sites that really capture what's special about the internet for me ... Google, eBay, online banking, all those flight and holiday booking sites that let me take care of things from home (I could go on for a while) and asktom is well up there for me and obviously others ...

I remember a time when asktom was like a special secret, but now there isn't a site I go into as a contractor where people aren't looking to you for help.

Thu Jun 16, 07:06:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Robert Vollman said....

I have two questions that are only loosely related to your post...

1. Can I get an RSS feed of Steven Feuerstein's Oracle articles the same way I can now get Ask Tom?

2. How does "orablogs" decide from which blogs to get its content?

Thu Jun 16, 07:26:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Doug said....

Robert,

"How does "orablogs" decide from which blogs to get its content?"

Speaking personally, I just emailed brian.duff@oracle.com

Thu Jun 16, 07:35:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

is the broadband real?

that is their evdo (or edvo, whatever) service and where available, yes, it is 3Mbs and for real. Everywhere else is 144kps (I just actually right now maxed out at 156.7Kbps in the casino ;)

I've been very happy with the verizon service, I've had it for 2 years now. It is what it is though.

No issues with Oracle software...


Doug said... "I want to know who is interested."

I don't really know "who", but I do know "how many", that would have been a better way to say it. But yes, if all of a sudden, the traffic just dies -- I'd want to know that and decide what to do next about that fact. (or when it spikes I see where they come from, when OTN links to it -- boom, big spike)



Robert Vollman said...
I have two questions


For the S.F. question, you'd have to see his blog (I've not seen it) and see if it provides one. If he is using a regular "blog service", I'm sure it does -- else he'd have to provide it like I do on asktom.

And I see the next comment after yours answers the other question... The upper left corner of the orablogs home page has the contact link as well.

Thu Jun 16, 09:16:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Tim... said....

Tom: It's possible that you have mild dyslexia. I used to work for a company that treats it and the level can range from hardly noticable to extremely severe.

Whilst working there I noticed I have many traits of dyslexia myself. For instance I subvocalize, saying every word I read in my head rather than just scanning them like most people. That means I read really slowly, often having to read each sentence several times before I can understand it. The bonus is, by the time I've finished reading something it's in my head for life.

It's all swings and roundabouts ;-)

Fri Jun 17, 02:54:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

... 156.7Kbps in the casino

Tom - I'm surprised that they didn't escort you out of the casino. Or maybe you've become a good (?) customer.

Fri Jun 17, 04:59:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Hey Tom, did you know you have an entry in the wikipedia encyclopedia. Thomas Kyte

Fri Jun 17, 07:52:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Congratulations for the award...Asktom is just wonderful site.

Fri Jun 17, 09:10:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tim,

I have many traits of dyslexia myself. For instance I subvocalize, saying every word I read in my head rather than just scanning them like most people

Thanks for the tip, I need to look into that. And by the way, what does this expression mean?

It's all swings and roundabouts ;-)

Fri Jun 17, 09:36:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Tim... said....

"It's all swings and roundabouts" in this context means it's got good and bad points.

So for me, I read slower than most young kids, which is a bummer, but I remember what I read because the lengthy process involved.

I can't complain. I've got a Degree and PhD so it's not held me back too bad.

But my spelling is really bad ;-)

Fri Jun 17, 10:00:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Silver? Some mistake, surely! I know that I speak for all when I say GOLD!!!

Fri Jun 17, 10:22:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Robert Vollman said....

Thanks to Doug, Tom and whoever answered my question with a private message.

I have Steven Feuerstein's PL/SQL feed. You can find them all here (thanks adewri):
http://www.oracle.com/technology/syndication/index.html

I sent my suggested blogs (including Jeff's) to Brian. He said Jeff's is "atom", not "rss", but he is modifying OraBlogs to address this. If you look at Brian's most recent blog, it looks like he's close.

As for Tom's wikipedia entry, they forgot to mention that he looks good in a white hat:

http://www.coug.ab.ca/events/05-mar.htm

Fri Jun 17, 10:49:00 AM EDT  

Blogger mattypenny said....

Could be wrong but I think originally the whole expression was 'what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts'. Still makes no sense, though.

Congrats on the award.

Fri Jun 17, 10:57:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Gabe said....

So Wikipedia lists you as a database "architect" ... I mean, why not?

Fri Jun 17, 11:03:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous denni50 said....

for heaven's sake Tom...
take your special day off and
spend it with your kids!...
no computers,conferences,blog
or asktom...just this one day give them your devoted and undivided attention.

Can't help but think of all the
kids who won't be spending any
special time with their dad's
who have been shipped off to the
'insanity' called 'freedom war'.

anyhow...Happy Father's Day!
congrats on your Silver Award too!

Fri Jun 17, 11:15:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Kashif said....

Tom, anyone - is having a bookmark in your browser the only way to subscribe to a RSS feed? Can I get an email every day/week for the RSS feed?

Tom on Wikipedia - I suppose it was only a matter of time before Tom entered into mainstream knowledge. Maybe you'll have a Tom Kyte TV channel next... ;)

P.S. Tom, what's up with the blue shirts?! ;)

Fri Jun 17, 11:46:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I'm surprised that they didn't escort you out of the casino.

Well, it was in the Wolfgang Pucks on the casino floor. I was having dinner.

an entry in the wikipedia encyclopedia.

No, I did not


Tom, what's up with the blue shirts?!

Red, Blue and Green, my primary colors ;) Most of them are in one of those three colors. Blue and Green being the "most popular"

Fri Jun 17, 12:22:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

"He that tooteth not his own horn, the same shall not be tooted." (John L. Lewis)

Fri Jun 17, 12:39:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Pratap said....

Maybe you'll have a Tom Kyte TV channel next... ;
Interesting concept. Web is a place where eveything is just scattered. Oracle TV would be a nice concept to bring all experts under one roof and broadcast to a wider audience. Probably Larry could become a mini Turner :-)

Fri Jun 17, 01:58:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Scot said....

One thing that is very refreshing, in looking through the other award categories, is that sometimes there was "No Award"; implying that they weren't just handing them out for the sake of handing them out.

Fri Jun 17, 03:49:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Robert said....

I downloaded your RSS demo and created a little app out of it on htmldb.oracle.com

Fri Jun 17, 06:33:00 PM EDT  

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