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Founded in 1998, has over 2,000 online tutorials, and receives millions of page views every year.

In 2011 I'm giving away more prizes than ever before. This month I'm giving away two copies of a terrific and extremely popular book, Introducing HTML5.

Boulder, Colorado computer programming consultant

Just a quick note here that I've just moved to Broomfield, Colorado, and I've brought my computer programming consulting services (Valley Programming) with me.

So, if you're looking for a Java computer programmer in the Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, and Broomfield, Colorado areas, give me a call. All initial consultations are free, and if I know how to do something I'll let you know, and if I don't, I'll let you know that also.

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Background: Founded way back in 1998, has over 2,000 online tutorials, and receives millions of page views every year, and in 2011 I'm giving away more prizes than ever before.

For December, instead of giving away the usual book, I'm giving away something we can all use: A $50 OR Barnes & Noble gift card.

New eBook - How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary

March 5, 2012: I just released my first book, an eBook named “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary.” As the name implies, the book tells the story of how I sold my small computer programming company, in a diary format.

The book is currently available for the Kindle through If all goes well it will soon be available at Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore.

My new business: The Zen Foundation

There's a long story behind my new nonprofit business adventure, but in short, I've created the Zen Foundation to fulfill the following mission:

"The Zen Foundation will freely distribute classic Zen books to libraries, schools, healthcare facilities, and other locations where people can discover Zen."

When I say "other locations" in that mission statement, I'm currently thinking of motels, hotels, B&Bs, and many other places where people can "discover Zen". is now

Way back in late 1998 (think "before Google"), I started 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. for sale?

Since I changed to, I've received several emails from people saying they're interested in buying the 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.

So long Firefox, hello Chrome

After constantly restarting Firefox on Mac OS X due to memory leaks, I've finally given up, and switched to Google's Chrome browser. All day today I've been doing all the things I normally do, just using Chrome instead of Firefox, and Chrome is currently using 135 MB RAM, where Firefox would typically be over 600 MB RAM, and I probably would have restarted it once already by now.

Alaska sunlight on the summer solstice

Ever wonder what it looks like in Alaska at 3 a.m. on June 21st? Keeping in mind that pictures from an iPhone are darker than the actual conditions, especially in lower light conditions, here's a picture from my iPhone at 3:40 a.m. on the morning of June 21, 2010:

Another earthquake in Alaska

It was nice and sunny in Alaska yesterday, so I took the day off and drove up into the mountains. On the way home I was driving through a cozy little area known as Willow (it's hard to really call it a town, it's more like just an area), and I thought about looking there for a new place to live this fall. But after a long day in the sun, I was tired, so I came home, took a nap, and quickly woke up to a 5.0 earthquake, centered 16 miles WNW of Willow. Here's one of the maps from the U.S.G.S. website:

Earthquake in Alaska - July 7, 2010

Two polar bears ... dancing?

I had to go down to Anchorage (Alaska) for a couple of days, and while in one building I ran across this photo of two polar bears, who seem to have been caught in the act of dancing:

Two polar bears dancing

Facebook status - lots of users, nothing being said

I relented to the pressure from several people recently, and reactivated my Facebook account. To my surprise, everyone but the kids seem to have picked up on the privacy and security concerns, and in short, nobody is saying anything.

Google News made my head explode

It may just be me, but since their last change, every time I try to read the Google News web page, it makes my head want to explode. For a company noted for testing over 40 shades of blue, I can't believe this was the best design they could come up with:

Google News - poor design
(about 1/3 of the Google News web page)

In Search Of ... the Aurora Borealis

I've lived in Alaska on and off for almost a year now, and still haven't seen the Northern Lights, so when I checked the University of Alaska-Fairbanks aurora page and it said the aurora was going to be active the next few nights, well, let's just say that I'm throwing some food, water, and clothes in the car at 8:30 p.m., and heading farther north, in search of clear skies.

Adios, amigos ...