It’s interesting to look at these in rough chronological order, and always nice to have a good list. Thanks Andy!
Imagine having a quick-and-dirty overview of network health on a worldwide basis. That’s exactly what the Internet Traffic Report offers.
When working at WebCT I frequently used this site to help diagnose why University A in City B could not reach our servers while other people could. Now as Plymouth State University starts reaching a wider audience, both nationally and globally, I can see this becoming a useful tool here as well.
Like any other tool, Internet Traffic Report is not going to solve your network problems. It should be considered just another tool in the toolbox. From their FAQ:
Q: How does this relate to me?
A: Your Internet surfing safari may be smooth today, but perhaps you can’t reach Yahoo or a few web sites in Europe. This web site will tell you if those regions of the Internet are currently slowed down. By checking the Internet Traffic Report, you can determine if your problems are global or local.
Inspired by Animaniacs, I now present you with Good Idea, Bad Idea. Today’s topic: Internet advertising.
The Million Dollar Homepage: This is a very fresh idea with an interesting result. Alex Tew of Wiltshire England came up with the idea of selling one million pixels on www.milliondollarhomepage.com for one dollar each so he could put himself through school. He reached his goal and then some in January 2006. Way to go Alex!
There will be plenty of copy-cat sites, but I will always hold the original as a great example of out-of-the-box thinking.
buyitoff.com: Not only a rip-off, but somewhat degrading. It’s a fresh new type of prostitution, but its still prostitution. The site features a moderately attractive woman who, as people buy advertising, will be undressed, one painfully small panel at a time.
Anyone who buys advertising here is a moron. For starters, there’s better porn out there. More importantly, the ads only show up when you mouse-over the body part purchased, and nobody who is looking for pictures of a naked woman is going to mouse over her best parts just to find out who sponsored them.
The only thing that could somewhat redeem this site is if it had a “Crying Game” surprise ending. This guy is such an ass clown I won’t even link to him. He’ll get a little press, but will be recognized for the hack he is.
In no particular order, here are some of the other folks blogging good stuff about Oracle. Most are more up on current topics than I am since I mostly write how-to stuff so I can find it when I need it.
Rittman.net – Mark Rittman’s Oracle Weblog is a fantastic resource with a focus on data warehousing and business intelligence. One of the best sites by an individual.
PeteFinnigan.com – Pete Finnigan has a lot of security related info. A great resource!
AskTom.Oracle.com – While Ask Tom is not really a blog, there is a wealth of information here on most Oracle topics.
OracleDoug.Blogspot.com – Doug has a bit more casual site and, like me, talks about tech and non-tech topics.
OracleToday.Blogspot.com – Not a frequent poster, but some great nuts-and-bolts SQL and PL/SQL stuff.
ThinkOracle.Blogspot.com – Another blog with a potpouri of Oracle topics.
TKyte.Blogspot.com – The Tom Kyte Blog. Tom works for Oracle (see AskTom.Oracle.com above) and some of his Oracle stuff and peripheral interests and opinions spill over into here.
More are out there. Feel free to comment with your favorites and also check out some of my favorite Oracle web resources
Alex Tew of Wiltshire, England came up with an innovative idea to finance his education: sell space on his website milliondollarhomepage.com 100 pixels at a time at $1 per-pixel!
What’s the big deal? Well, there are tons of ways to advertise online, but Alex is only selling exactly one million pixels on his page and has committed to maintaining the page for the next 5 years.
Sound like a stupid idea? Well, yeah, if everyone did it, but this idea is so unique, and the first of it’s kind (that I know of anyway) that it’s getting huge press. It will be imitated, but noone will get the worldwide recognition of the original.
Where’s the money go? Alex named four potential uses for the money… First, his education. That seems like his main drive. Second, he wants to give his parents some vacation. Third, he needs new socks, and what’s left over after that he has some (undoubtedly unique) business ideas he wants to sink some money into.
While the site does remind me of a “Where’s Waldo” book, a wall with too many bumper-stickers on it, and an exploded (or perhaps imploded) billboard factory all at once I’m sure it will continue to get plenty of attention.
At the time of this article, Alex is selling his last 1,000 pixels on eBay. The current bid for the item is US $23,500 with 7 days to go. Good luck Alex!