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Quotes from Trump and the Dalai Lama

Just days after two domestic terror attacks, here are two quotes I saw today:

Donald Trump: “There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame...”

Dalai Lama: “Violence derives from anger and anger clouds our ability to think straight and properly assess what is happening. Anger in turn is related to fear and anxiety. What we need to learn is how to cultivate the positive emotions that counter destructive emotions like anger and fear. Compassion, for example, brings self-confidence and the ability to act transparently. It strengthens trust which is the ground for friendship.”

Five reasons Ron Johnson failed at JC Penney

From a Time article, five reasons Ron Johnson failed at JC Penney:

  1. He misread what shoppers want
  2. He didn’t test ideas in advance
  3. He alienated core customers
  4. He totally misread the JC Penney brand
  5. He didn’t seem to like or respect JC Penney

One thing missing in the main story that shows up in the comments: He never bothered to move to Texas, where Penney’s corporate headquarters are.

The full story: http://goo.gl/m394g

Please help - Stack Overflow is copying my content

So what I learned tonight is that the Stack Overflow (SO) website has copied my content almost 800 times without linking back to my website once. This image shows the Google search results:

Google search results

devdaily.com for sale?

Since I changed devdaily.com to alvinalexander.com, I've received several emails from people saying they're interested in buying the devdaily.com domain name. All I can say is that if you're interested in buying it, using the contact form here to contact me and make me a solid offer. I'm pretty sure that if the offer is $1M (one million dollars, US currency) or more, you'll get my attention. Otherwise I'll probably put it up for auction next year, and at that time you'll be bidding against a lot of other people.

devdaily.com is now alvinalexander.com

Way back in late 1998 (think "before Google"), I started devdaily.com in the hope that it would one day grow into a website where authors would offer tips and tutorials for Java, Perl, C, C++, Linux, and any other open source programming language and technology that came along. Then in 1999 I started a company named Mission Data, and I put the dream of devdaily aside.

Good news in the mailbox: A royalty check from the Amazon Kindle eBook program

I found a little bit of good news in the mailbox this morning, a little royalty check from the Amazon Kindle eBook publishing program:

The check wasn't for much, but hey, it's a start. If you're new to my website, the check is for my two Kindle eBooks, shown below: