Monday, May 03, 2010

A decade ago...

It was ten years ago that asktom was "born" (and five years and a month ago this blog was)...

The first question asked was about Oracle 7.3 on a Sun 5.5.1 machine - in early 2000 (right after we got by that year 2000 thing). Funny, the last time it was updated was.... just a little more than 3 months ago - it is still alive...

Man oh man - have things changed since. I stand at about 12,000 published Q&A's (about 40,000 in total - not all get published for various reasons...) I have 10 new ones in the queue (will get to them soon - have lots of travel planned for today and the week in fact)...

I've learned a lot in the last ten years - things have changed considerably.

Remember what a "big" server looked like in 2000? Remember what they cost? Think about how now you can buy stuff off of the shelf on your credit card that blows them away.

In 1997 - we were doing terabyte test to scales - a terabyte was such a big deal then that we would put out a press release. Now we have a database machine with 5tb of flash cache just to buffer part of the database.... A terabyte is nothing - my son would be disappointed in any laptop with less than that for storage...

It is only because things keep changing so fast, so much - that this stuff stays interesting. Imagine if it were still like 1993 (when I joined Oracle) 17 years later. It would be pretty boring...

Anyway, thanks for all of the great questions - looking forward to more...


Blogger Jérôme Radix said....

"Imagine if it were still like 1993" : no WWW, no mobile phone. How did they work at that time ?

Mon May 03, 08:10:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Madhu said....

Thanks for all the help over the years. I moved out of Oracle and technology long ago, but keep checking asktom now and then for interesting stuff - you (and your readers) never disappoint !!

Mon May 03, 09:37:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Sokrates said....

so happy birthday to asktom !
hopefully we will have this as a ressource some decades longer ...

funny, when I drove to work this morning, I remembered the very first day I came into contact with the Oracle software:
1st of May, 1992
almost exactly 18 years ago

I was fascinated by this "multi-version"-stuff:
I could update one table in one session and see the results of this update in the same session whereas in another session I still saw the data like before the update.
I liked that ! (and still are fascinated by the Oracle software).

Mon May 03, 10:39:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Doug Burns said....

10 years of questions - you deserve a medal or a knighthood or something, even though I know you enjoy it really.

My blog was still first though - by about a month! ;-)

Mon May 03, 10:57:00 AM EDT  

Blogger diprey said....

Ten years of community service?

Seriously, thank you Tom. The service you have provided to this community has been incredible, your insight invigorating, and your dedication inspirational. I don't even know how to put it in words, geek as I am, honestly.

From all of us, from the very bottom of the heart, thank you so much!

Mon May 03, 01:59:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

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Mon May 03, 05:06:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

On this day in 1993...

word: matimag

Mon May 03, 05:07:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Noons said....


The average db was 100-300MB.
The video card in my kid's pc at home has much more memory than that...

My largest db back then was a "monster" 3GB.

Yes, technology has indeed changed.

But have the mentality and processes changed as well?

This morning I had someone question the wisdom of not rebuilding indexes every night...

Tue May 04, 01:29:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Sidhu said....

Happy Bday asktom !!! :)

Wed May 05, 12:19:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Teymur Hajiyev said....

Happy birthday ASKTOM!

I believe, you are heart of ORACLE WORLD!

Best regards!

Wed May 05, 05:12:00 AM EDT  

Blogger chidambaram said....

Without Asktom , we won't be here. Asktom is the first place I go when I have a oracle problem.

Long Live Asktom and Tom too

Wed May 05, 12:08:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Hoek(stra) said....

Happy Birthday, (Ask)Tom!

I've learned so much and still learn (or 'relearn') something whenever I visit AskTom (every day, that is).
Thanks for all of the great answers and explanations - looking forward to more!



Wed May 05, 05:16:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Krishna Chaitanya Reddy.Reddivari said....

Yes very helpful resource for all Oracle users out there.

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.

Wish you more success, tom.

Even I started my blog in May 2005, unfortunately couldnt continue since april last year.

In this scenario, your dedication to your blog is awesome. you are fanatical, Tom. Wish me some of your dedication towards my blog. :)

Wed May 05, 06:35:00 PM EDT  

Blogger sudip said....

Happpy Birthday to AskTom...I am glad on its day, and want to thank U for so many useful and to the point answers to many Oracle queries...Hope the same or even more in future

Thu May 06, 01:05:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Ramakrishnan said....

Happpy Birthday to AskTom..

Same as above
I am glad on its day, and want to thank you for so many useful and to the point answers to many Oracle queries...Hope the same or even more in future.

I like to say so, long so many problem I solved & understood just because I read AskTom. Long live AskTom.
Or I can say I survived in IT industry because of Asktom. ;-))

Thu May 06, 08:13:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....


Seems like too many Question's on asktom... I am getting ORA-01653: unable to extend table ASKTOM.ATE_QUESTION_LOG$ by 1024 in tablespace FLOW_19246
error while opening any question....

Mon May 10, 01:58:00 AM EDT  

Blogger George Joseph said....

I stumbled upon your blog the first time when i was reading about the implicit conversion issue(This one!(just read your latest post-stuff keeps flying back at you!). Since then i learned quite a lot by reading your blogs,asktom,oraclemag,expert oracle books. I hold the most important thing i learnt from you is-Question Authority.It not only makes me want to prove my intuition but also to test how well data architects/senior programmers/Oracle gurus really "know". Happy Birthday AskTom.

Mon May 10, 10:42:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Kim said....

Thanks Tom.
You are always in my the top pocket of my mind.

Mon May 17, 06:58:00 PM EDT  


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