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I saw your book in the book store

When my first book was released, I used to go to the local book stores in Belgium to find out if they had a copy of my book. Most of the times they didn't, so I asked them to order one because: if your book isn't on the shelve, it won't get bought. However: as "iText in Action" isn't a book for a broad audience (it's intended for developers who want to create PDF documents), not many copies were sold in the average book store (FNAC, Standaard Boekhandel,...). As it was my first book, I couldn't resist entering these stores every time I was in the neighborhood, just to say hello to my book.

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Google Places

It's official: I received a PIN code from Google to confirm the address of the iText Dev Shack:

Did you know about Google Places? If you have a business, you can add your address, and Google will send you a card like the one above so that you can create a page on Google Places. Your business will also appear on Google Maps and Google Latitude when people look for them.

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Testing Belgacom TV on Android smartphone

This morning I did a small test to see if I could watch TV on a tablet PC, now let's take a look if this also works on a smart phone:

The interface is somewhat different. It was to be expected that it would be a little bit harder to use because of the smaller screen, but the quality is still amazing (don't let the reduced resolution of the movie fool you).

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Film Festival Ghent 2011: a list of disappointing movies

I've been postponing this final blog about the film festival because writing positive blogs such as Film Festival Ghent 2011: my personal top 10 is much more fun than writing negative blogs.
However, I did make a list of movies that disappointed me. Again: this is a very personal list. I know that some movies on this list aren't bad at all, but I was just too disappointed to put them in my additional list of good movies, let alone in my top 10:

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Testing Belgacom TV on Android tablet

I was browsing the Android market to see if I could find any interesting apps when I stumbled upon the "TV Overal Tab" from Belgacom. I didn't know Belgacom TV was available on tablets yet; I don't watch TV that much, so I must have missed all the commercials about it. I did a quick search on the Belgacom site, and I found the TV Partout page. As we have Belgacom TV, we can test TV on the tablet for free until the end of the year. This is what it looks like:

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Testing two Android tablets

Yesterday evening I went shopping for Android tablets. We've been selling the Android port for iText to several customers now, but apart from a simple Hello World example and a Calls2Pdf app for Android smart phones, we didn't do much Android development. I didn't even own a tab, in spite of the fact that I knew from the start that iText on Android would be more useful on a tablet than on a phone.

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Film Festival Ghent 2011: documentaries

The film festival is always a good opportunity to watch quality documentaries. This year wasn't any different. It's no coincidence that there are three documentaries in my top 10 of "best movies" at the festival. Actually, we like all these movies very much, except maybe the Morgan Spurlock documentary about product placement.

  1. Senna (Asif Kapadia) (4.77 ; rank 1)
  2. Life in a Day (Kevin MacDonald) (4.39 ; rank 22)
  3. Eenentwintig + Zeven (Kenneth Michiels) (KASK Docs)

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Film Festival Ghent 2011: an additional list of fine movies

A couple of days ago, I published my personal top 10 of movies I really liked at the film festival. Now let's take a look at 25 feature films that didn't make the top 10, but that weren't bad at all.

  1. Win Win (Thomas McCarthy) (4.15; rank 37)
  2. The Future (Miranda July) (3.71; rank 72)
  3. The Help (Tate Taylor) (4.70; rank 3)
  4. The Descendants (Alexander Payne) (3.44; rank 80)
  5. The conspirator (Robert Redford) (4.34; rank 28)

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Film Festival Ghent 2011: my personal top 10

When we go to the film festival, we discuss the movies we've seen with plenty of people. It's always surprising how opinions can differ. For instance: many of the people we know really liked Once upon a time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan). We thought it was boring and the audience agreed: the film received a score of 3.27 out of 5 (ranked 84 of a total of 89 new movies). Many people we talked to didn't like The Future (Miranda July), but we appreciated the movie very much and the audience didn't agree, they gave it a score of 3.71 (72nd place in the top 89).

We've attended 52 screenings, but I've made a top 55 because one of the screenings (KASK Docs; 4.62/5; rank 4) consisted of four documentaries of half an hour. I've counted these four documentaries as separate movies.

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