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Google Analytics — May 2011

Another month, another Google Analytics blogpost. Let's take a look at the Google heartbeat (this is the overview of the number of visits, not the number of hits):

Looks OK, doesn't it? No sign of the arrhytmia shown in the Alexa stats:

Did we have better results in May compared to (the slow month) April. the Alexa stats already gave away the answer: Yes!

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Books I've read last month

A month ago, I wrote: I don't know what I'll read next, but I'll look for something entertaining. I found what I was looking for. Out of the 8 "books" I've read last month, 7 were graphic novels.

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At least three failures (before I scored a hit)

Yesterday, I filled out a survey that made me think about the period before iText. I was asked for my "failures" in the past. I wrote down two ideas that failed silently. Afterwards I remembered a third failure. I probably had more ideas that didn't make it, but these were the ones that were the most energy-consuming:

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Strawberries...

... grow on trees, don't they?

The first couple of strawberries that were ripe were eaten by birds, hence the improvised net to protect them.

Enforcing your Trademark: not that simple

THIS POST IS KEPT FOR HISTORICAL REASONS, BUT IT'S NO LONGER RELEVANT.
THE ISSUE HAS BEEN SOLVED (SEE ENFORCING YOUR TRADEMARK).

iText is a registered trademark by 1T3XT BVBA. This means we are now allowed to put an ® behind the word iText, and competitors can no longer buy the word iText from Google AdWords to lure customers to their sites (which was the main reason why I filed the trademark).

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Book party April 29

The "iText in Action" book party was a success. We didn't take much pictures, but it was fun to bring the old and the new colleagues together, and have them meet with some of our business partners. This is a more personal photo:

From left to right: my father, my wife, our two sons, myself, and my mother.

I don't know what we were talking about in the above picture. I think I was making some kind of silly joke (as usual).

Google Analytics — April 2011

Another month, another Google Analytics blogpost. Let's take a look at the Google heartbeat:

Do you notice the difference with the normal heartbeat? Look at the days before and after Eastern. There's a small disturbance there. It's more subtle than during the Christmas holidays, but it's there for sure: people don't visit the iText site when they are on vacation ;-)

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Books I've read last month

My last blog post about books dates from March 27. I continued reading The Chronicles of Narnia, but reading the seven books in a row feels like overkill, so I took a break after part 4 and 5 (or part 2 and 3 if you look at the publication order, rather than the logical reading order):

C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian; 1951, p471-642 (from The Chronicles of Narnia; translated as Prins Caspian)

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Interview on Developpez.com

About a month and a half ago, my wife and I went to Paris to do a book promo. I also did an interview with Celinio Fernandes. This interview (in French) is now online: Interview de Bruno Lowagie - Créateur de la librairie iText® (Paris - 10 mars 2011) .

The iText Office: after week 4

Last week, we had somebody come over for the electricity and for the floor:


This weeks will be a slow week. Normally, they'll continue working on the electricity (new fusebox, network plugs, etc...), but we have to wait 6 weeks for the lighting and we didn't contact somebody to paint the walls yet (they aren't dry enough to start painting anyway). We also didn't decide on the new office furniture yet.

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