Bruno Lowagie's blog

Reading ISO specs

Today is the day I'll try to work away my backlog regarding mails from the NBN. The NBN is the Belgian standardq organization. I became a member of the NBN earlier this year, and as a result I'm receiving drafts for standards to review. A while back, I posted some comments with respect to PDF/UA, but I never had the time to follow up what happened with those suggestions. I know that PDF/UA would be one of the specs discussed in Salt Lake City in May, but I didn't have the time to read the reports up until today.

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Vacation stats: GA vs Alexa

As predicted, the site statistics for July won't be as good as the statistics for June. This can be shown in a graphic comparing the first three weeks of July to three weeks in June:

You can clearly see the effect of the American National Holiday (4th of July); you can also see that nor the Flemish holiday (July 11), nor the Belgian National holiday (July 21) have any influence on the heartbeat of iText ;-)

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Google Analytics — June 2011

As predicted last month, the stats for June aren't as good as the stats were for May.

For those who don't see the difference with the the naked eye, take a look at the graph from Alexa:

This is normal: people are starting to go on holiday. July and August will show the same trend, and in September, we'll start getting better results. Nevertheless: June was better than April (the Easter season):

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Books I've read last month

A month ago, I'd been reading plenty of graphic novels, among others the "From Hell" series by Alan Moore. The "Jack The Ripper" story is situated in 1888, and I wandered through my library looking for a book about the same era, that's how I found the first book in this month's list:

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The Future is Free — Kortrijk, June 22

Yesterday, I attended the event "The Future is Free" at the "NMBS loods" in Kortrijk. The "NMBS loods" is a nice location at walking distance of the station. In spite of the fact that the event was very interesting, the turnout was rather disappointing (I had expected to see more familiar faces: Ghent is only half an hour away if you travel by train). I hope this blogpost proves that Howest and The Studios deserve more attention in the future. Especially when they organize an event for free.

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iText Office: curtains and furniture

As promised in my previous blog post, here's a picture of the finished iText Office:

Finally, we have some curtains on the windows! I used to have my desk in the library (upstairs), but now we've reorganized this part of the office into a small off line meeting room (on one side a table and four chairs, on the other side four beanbags we can sit in to brainstorm).
We now have our workstations in the lower part of the office (I'm sitting next to the stairs).

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iText Office: paint and electricity

It has been a while since I blogged about the iText Office. The cable for the office LAN were placed on in April, but nothing was connected yet. We were waiting for the walls to dry and for the painters to come. This happened last week.

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Happy Birthday, IBM!

Reconstruction of the BizCamp Ghent schedule

I didn't take notes at BizCamp, so I have to depend on photos to reconstruct the schedule. Thank you @kellblazek for the morning schedule:

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It's a small world

Yesterday, I attended BizCamp. In the morning I presented a "Double Bill". That is: two presentations in 20 minutes. I started with my Three things watching House MD has taught me about doing business blog, and I used the "... sometimes you might find you get what you need" quote as a bridge to my why you (don't?) need a VC presentation (I did the same talk at GentM, but now I could finally use my slides).

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