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Stormy weather in Belgium

We've had stormy weather for a couple of days now. I still managed to go to the office on my bicycle, but this tree in our garden didn't survive the storm:

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News from the iText developers' front

When you work at iText, part of the job is doing iText projects and iText development, but there's more. If we want to be successful at what we do, we need to stay alert, and research all kinds of new technologies and evolutions. There's also a general rule at iText: whatever we learn, we document.
That's why I'm proud to present the following articles:

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Minor update

Seems like Google Analytics does some post-processing on the numbers of absolute unique visitors:

So instead of 680,775 thank you's, I only had to say thank you 680,581 times ;-)

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Using your Google account on multiple devices

Today I noticed a strange phenomenon when inspecting my personal Google Latitude page. I would have expected something like this:

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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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