Thursday, June 01, 2006

A metablog...

A meta-blog. My list of blog entries that was on the right hand side of the main page was getting
  • Long
  • Out of date
I hated having to update the template in order to refresh the list – hence, I’ll put them here with a little detail on each and will maintain this page instead of updating a static list on the home page. It’ll be a little more flexible and will allow anyone to comment on the list as well.

This list is in no particular order. Repeat:
this is not in any particular order, I opened them all in tabs
and just clicked around.

Not everything is about Oracle (surprise surprise, there are some other things outside of Oracle – believe it, or not!)

  • - funny real life stories about people interacting with the companies they love. Also - great deals in their "woot" section sometimes.
  • I dig gadgets and this is a collection of gadgets and other stuff. Funny and many times irreverent reviews of technology. From the truly cool to the truly stupid sometimes.
  • Creating Passionate Users Kathy Sierra’s blog (well, mostly by Kathy). Even though she does java stuff, her blog isn’t about that. It is about, well, creating passionate users. She has a really good message. If you’ve read my blog – you know I’ve linked to hers more than once.
  • Jonathan Lewis – “not a blog” blog That is right, it is not a blog technically, but hey – it works. And the articles are good. Just wish it had an RSS feed! UPDATE: see this
    about how to get an RSS feed for this "not a blog"

  • Seth Grodin’s Blog What do marketing and technology have in common? Apparently a lot. I have found parallel after parallel here. I like it.
  • The Phantom Nitpicker I’ve been nitpicked – have you? Picky describes this blog. If you like someone dissecting some English (all in good fun of course) – this is for you.
  • The Dilbert Blog Which has nothing to do with Dilbert at all. This is a blog by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. He has some interesting opinions. I like the way he’ll throw out a blog, in a manner similar to tossing out a hand grenade, just to see what’ll happen. Controversial could describe it.
  • FeuerThoughts Hah, you probably thought “about time, an Oracle blog again”. Nope, not too much about Oracle – but rather Steven Feuerstein writing what he wants, sort of like I do on my blog.
  • Peter K's blog Musings of a guy who has been using Oracle since version 3. Sometimes (mostly) about Oracle - occasionally about other stuff outside Oracle.
  • We do not use blogs Mogens Nørgaard and his view on things. He has a strange view – might be a defective eyeglass prescription, then again, it just might be Mogens.
  • The Oracle Sponge David Aldridge talks mostly about data warehousing techniques and other things both Oracle and non-Oracle related. He needs to learn how to spell – but does all right most of the time.
  • Niall Litchfield’s Blog Niall is active in the Oracle community and even though he mostly uses Windows… There is from time to time something interesting.
  • Oracle Newbies Blog Not sure how many years of experience you can have and still want people to believe you are a newbie but Lisa can probably get away with it for another year or two (mostly due to the hair color I think, that has something to do with it).
  • Mark Rittman’s Oracle Weblog One of the first Oracle blogs I ever saw way back when. Set the standard for the rest of us. Mostly about Business Intelligence and Oracle.
  • Usually something interesting comes across there every day. Nothing about Oracle, just stuff.
  • ITtoolbox Can get quite noisy and the material is very much hit or miss (you get the good with the bad and the really really bad). But there are articles worth reading there, it does take some “weeding out” though to find them.
  • Dizwell Blog Howard J Rogers occasionally has an opinion about something. And he’ll share it. Sometimes about Oracle – sometimes not. Always well written and many times funny.
  • Pete-S Random Notes Typically about Warehousing, many times about Oracle. Not always, but mostly database related.
  • Scott Spendolini’s Blog Scott, formerly of Oracle – now of “independent”, writes about APEX (the tool formerly known as HTMLDB) and other stuff, like turkeys.
  • The Oracle-Base Blog Penned by Tim Hall – many times about Oracle, sometimes just a rant. But rants are good, aren’t they?
  • Sue’s Blog Sue Harper is the product manager for SQL Developer and an all around good person. She is passionate about the technologies she works with.
  • So What A blog by Jeff Hunter (not the Jeff Hunter, just Jeff). When he doesn’t write about MySQL… Then he writes about Oracle.
  • Oracle Musings By Dominic Delmolino – a recent entry to blogging. A long time Oracle user, developer, DBA and now DBA manager.
  • Oracleblog By Robert Vollman in Canada. Random writings about things Oracle – mostly developer related (which is a good thing)
  • Oracle WTF Good for a laugh – WTF, the only appropriate “IM speak”. Neat snippets of really bad ideas.
  • The Eric S. Emrick Blog Hey, he stole my idea for a blog title! See the description of the Oracle Stuff above – applies equally for this one – technical, well written, thought out…
  • Laurent Schneider OCM Laurent is an Oracle Certified Master and writes about Oracle events, technologies and random bits and bytes.
  • Eddie Awad’s Blog Eddie writes about tips and tricks using Oracle and provides a couple of firefox plugins that you might find useful if you use Oracle a lot.
  • Doug’s Oracle Blog Doug Burns (don’t be scared by the plushie animals he sometimes has on his home page, I don’t think it is really a problem) is a DBA and “teacher” in Scotland. One of his specialties is parallel query but he writes about a variety of Oracle topics.
  • Chronicles of Roderick Roderick Manalac is a long time Oracle support technician – one of the best. He doesn’t write about Oracle too much here – mostly about, well, TV shows he watches! But every now and then something Oracle creeps in.
  • Boing Boing Interesting stuff, nothing Oracle really, just interesting stuff.
  • Dooce Hey, she is really funny from time to time. Very much not what you might expect I would peek at – but she is really funny (not every day, but frequently enough to warrant watching). Off color language from time to time, not too much. Anyone with a quote like this "I’ll admit that a martini requires a bit of dedication in the sense that the first time I ever drank one I got the distinct feeling that I was swallowing hairspray. After a few the taste started to dull into that of lighter fluid, but now, now that I’ve been drinking them for several years, I can’t wait for that first antiseptic sip." is definitely worth reading.
  • The Daily WTF - very funny. All about IT, all about doing IT as wrong as you can do it. The genesis for the Oracle WTF above, covers more than just Oracle however.
Wow, over 30 of them. Good thing not everyone writes every day…


Blogger Jeff Hunter said....

...when he has time to write.

And if you like Dooce, you would like LeahPeah:

Thu Jun 01, 09:23:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Tim... said....

Are they in any particular order?

Just kidding :)



Thu Jun 01, 09:26:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Great set of links there!

I just took a peek at the Dilbert one for the first time.

I'm not sure I would classify it as controversial. The anti religious content should be familiar to anyone with any exposure to popular culture. He's actually not saying anything that would go against your typical hollywood producer mindset.

I would say he's more "hollywood mainstream" than controversial. Just the same old c**p !

Now, someone well-known in the "business" making a public statements with an opposite viewpoint to the Dilbert blog - that would be a jaw-dropper :-)

Thu Jun 01, 10:40:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Doug Burns said....

"David >>> Aldrigde <<< talks mostly about data warehousing ... He needs to learn how to spell .."

Tee-hee ;-)

And why am I so near the bottom, then?

Thu Jun 01, 11:17:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

And why am I so near the bottom, then?

I can arrange for smart aleck's to be so far down on the list that they appear to simply "disappear" all together!

Thanks, corrected that typo.

Thu Jun 01, 11:31:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Doug Burns said....



Thu Jun 01, 11:45:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Scott said....

Scott, formerly of Oracle – now of “independent”, writes about APEX (the tool formerly known as HTMLDB) and other stuff, like turkeys.

Shudder - I just booked anohter flight from IAD to LAX around the 4th of July. I can only imagine what surprises will be in store for me this time...

Thu Jun 01, 11:55:00 AM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

>> And why am I so near the bottom, then?


Doug said "bottom"!

Thu Jun 01, 11:55:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Robert Vollman said....

No more links on the main page? Egads, is this the end of the Tom Kyte Effect? :)

Thu Jun 01, 11:55:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Is is just me or does the girl from rocketboom have a really long neck? She sure is easy to watch though...


Thu Jun 01, 12:58:00 PM EDT  

Blogger yas said....

You can make an rss feed for sites that do not have it. There are a few web sites for that. One is I use "" for Jonathan Lewis articles. I got that from Eddie Awad's blog.

Thu Jun 01, 02:14:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Yas brilliantly said...

Thank you very much for pointing that out, that is awesome...

Thu Jun 01, 02:24:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Peter K said....

doug burns said...
And why am I so near the bottom, then?

At least you are still on the list ;)

So, Tom, are you looking at editing this entry as a means of updating the list periodically or is it going to be static until you decide that it's time for a revision?

Thu Jun 01, 07:26:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Howard J. Rogers said....

What I want to know is this: does "Howard occasionally has an opinion about something" count as sarcasm, profound insight, hyperbole or litotes?!

And "**occasionally** funny"?!


Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, what you have termed a 'Metablog' is more generally known as a 'blogroll', and there are freebie providers of such things, such as

Not sure if that specific one can be easily integrated into Blogger or not, but you get the idea!

Thu Jun 01, 07:32:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Peter K - sorry about that, you are definitely in my RSS feed, however you did fall off my firefox bookmark somehow (I use the RSS feed mostly now).

I've added you to the list.

It'll be added to/removed as I add/remove feeds. I find it MUCH easier to update this blog entry than to update the template for blogger.

Howard J. Rogers said...

Just wanted to make sure people read this stuff :)

I would place the opinion comment as "having profound insight".

I like Metablog ;) I don't need *yet another account* (YAA) on *yet another service (YAS).

I thought metablog was a cool name - a blog about data on other blogs - metablog :)

Besides that home page on blogroll just scared me to death. Is it just me or does their home page "at a glance" make it look really complex?

Thu Jun 01, 07:37:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Roderick said....

I'm just honored to make the cut (even if I'm near the bottom). The Kyte effect quadrupled the traffic to my blog today. I expect that will recede to normal levels quickly. :-)

Tom, I'm sure you've heard this question before, but how many words per minute can you read? I can't imagine how one could keep up with so many blogs and still have time to consume some classic books, etc. etc.

Of course, my slowness may have something to do with attending the Evelyn Woodhead Speed Reading Course.

Fri Jun 02, 02:26:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Amanda Congdon from RocketBoom.... enough said really. Gorgeous.

Fri Jun 02, 07:01:00 PM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

Tom, can you edit the Sponge link(s) to point to and please?


Sun Jun 18, 02:18:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Kathy Sierra said....

I can't believe how late I am to this party. I made the cut! I made the cut!

Cheers and thanks,

Sun Jul 09, 06:42:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Jay said....


Try the new blogger beta version. Having a blogroll there is much easier than this meta page of yours.


Fri Sep 08, 11:45:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I second the recommendation by Jay.

I just moved to Blogger Beta and so far so good.

Mon Sep 11, 03:19:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Laurent Schneider said....

can you make the link point to my new url ?


Sat Dec 02, 09:09:00 AM EST  

Blogger Gayathri Ramamurthy said....

Hi Tom

I have read some of your posts/Blogs.

I have a question on Oracle Table partitioning.

I apologise if my question is a lot out dated :-)

We have a custom table that is range partitioned and it works fine.It stores very huge data for neatly say 2 years.

One fine day if I need to remove the partitioning, then what is the best solution I can do with minimumm disturbance to the system and keeping up the same performance in mind

Do let me know


Tue Mar 20, 06:54:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Hariharan Ragunathan said....

Hi Tom,

Is that Seth Godin or Seth Grodin.. There is a spelling mistake I guess...

Thu May 31, 03:43:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous annerose said....

These comments have been invaluable to me as is this whole site. I thank you for your comment.

Mon Jun 11, 02:45:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Greg said....

you can take off your list, Howard has shut it down. Too bad :-(

Wed Feb 20, 06:12:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Hi Tom, Time to get the pruning shears out, as at least 2 blogs are defunct, or have moved.

Thu Jul 24, 11:29:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Dizwell: It's back, but not like it was. Anyway, your link doesn't point to the current, emasculated version of Dizwell.

Thu Jul 24, 11:32:00 AM EDT  


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