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A while ago, I argued that the world of IT is changing, and that change is good. And that as a result of change, many people would need to change their jobs.

Well, I did it. Last Tuesday was my last working day at Oracle.

Solaris 11 Launch Blog Carnival Roundup

32 Solaris 11 Blog Posts

Solaris 11 is here!

And together with the official launch activities, a lot of Oracle and non-Oracle bloggers contributed helpful and informative blog articles to help your datacenter go to eleven.

Here are some notable blog postings, sorted by category for your Solaris 11 blog-reading pleasure:

A review of 2010 and plans for 2011

2011 is coming down the road

The year 2011 is almost two weeks old, and by now you've probably read every other review/resolutions/plans blog post out there. Now you have time to read this one :).

But first of all: Apologies for not having blogged for weeks. I've been moving to a new home over the last two months, the holiday season took its toll and there were a few other personal and job projects that demanded my attention.

Now, normality (whatever it is) is starting to come back and I can start devoting more time to this blog again.

This blog is now one year old, although I had been blogging for more than five years before. Time to reflect, plan and flip some switches for the future.

Here's a quick recap of 2010, some plans and ideas for this blog, a call for feedback and hints to some other projects for 2011.

Review: Monitoring Your Oracle Solaris Server, Blog and More from the Cloud With Monitis

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Whenever you run a professional server, a home server, a hosted virtual server or just a blog on a shared web space, you run a service that provides something useful to your users, readers or whatever consumers your service caters to.

Too bad if things go wrong and you're the last to notice.

Enter Monitis.com*: This service allows you to easily track your servers, websites, blogs or anything else that can be accessed through the internet, or that is able to run a simple agent. Monitoring from the cloud, if you will, at reasonable prices. And if all you need is some basic monitoring, then there's a free version called mon.itor.us, too.

Let's check this out in some detail:

The ProBlogger 7 Links Challenge #7links

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Darren from ProBlogger today posted his 7 Link Challenge. A fun idea in which he asks bloggers to share 7 links to posts, based on the 7 criteria he selected.

ProBlogger is a great website with lots of useful tips for bloggers. Even if you don't plan to make money with your blog, or if you don't think of yourself as a pro blogger, this site is still one of the best in terms of blogging advice.

I'm currently reading his book "ProBlogger" (affiliate link) and I can highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking more seriously about blogging.

Now, let's get started with the ProBlogger 7 Link Challenge for Constant Thinking:

Here Are The Ten Most Important Independent Solaris Blogs

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One of the best information sources for any topic are blogs, and the Oracle Solaris operating system in all its variants (Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris) is no exception. Most of what I learned about OpenSolaris was through blogs, or through interacting with Solaris bloggers.

As a way of saying "Thank You", I did some research and came up with a list of the top ten Solaris related blogs with the highest traffic on the Internet.

But first, let's clear up some basic rules.

10 Ways To Thank A Blogger Without Using Flattr

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One of the web 2.0 startup hypes du jour is called Flattr. It's a micro-payment service that enables readers to allocate a monthly budget they can use to "flattr" blog posts and other content by clicking a simple badge. The monthly flat-rate is then distributed to the "flattred" authors as a way of appreciation.

More on that in this short video.

A lot of people are jumping on the Flattr bandwagon, and of course, rewarding creators is always goodness.

But I'm not convinced.

Why? Because IMHO there's no need for a middle man handling the "Thank You" transaction between a blogger (or other content creator) and the reader (or other content consumer).

Instead, here are ten (10) better ways to accomplish the same thing (supporting your favorite creator). They can involve money or not - you choose - and in each of them, everybody wins.