Bruno Lowagie's blog

iText 5.3.1 — XML Worker 1.1.5

I've been in the hospital with my son since Thursday. Before you ask: all is well with him. He had bone cancer in 2008, and he needed a prosthesis. As a result, he now needs a 'leg extension' on a regular basis. As long as his healthy leg grows, he'll need operations to make the other leg 'match'. The surgery went well. If it weren't for the fact that he has to get antibiotics intravenously until next Tuesday, he'd be allowed to go home. Of course: he'll be in a wheelchair for a while. After such an operation, the muscles in his leg are stretched making it impossible for him to bend his leg. He then needs to do exercises to make his muscles adapt to the new length.

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Our trip to the US as seen by Google Latitude

Day 1: trains, planes and automobiles.
We took a cab to Antwerp, the train to Amsterdam, the plane to Dulles.

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Google Analytics — June 2012

We're back in Belgium after two weeks in the US. High time to look at our Google Analytics pages for June:

Nothing special, just business as usual as predicted.

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Business meetings on the East Coast...

During our previous visit to California, we were invited to Washington DC by the CEO of an American Company. We also wanted to visit Dries (Acquia, Drupal) in Boston, so we planned our vacation so that it started in Washington DC and ended in Boston.

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Ready for a rainy summer

All books were bought in second hand stores or book sales. I think I've spent less than 60 euro for the lot.

Signing a PDF with a smart card

Writing about technical topics is fun because it's a job that allows you to try out a variety of things before you actually start writing about it. This morning, the first 30 pages of my white paper about digital signatures were sent to all the subscribers of our news letter. I'm very curious about the feedback I'll get.

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Early Access Preview: Digital Signatures in PDF

After writing my second book in 2010, I thought it would take me another 3 years before my taste for writing would return, but no: I'm very eager to write new material, and I'm grumpy if other work gets in the way.

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iText 5.3.0 - XML Worker 1.1.4

As usual, you can find the changelogs on the site, but let's also describe in words what has changed:

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Google Analytics — May 2012

Times flies. I've hardly had any time to blog last month. I'm even late with my monthly analytics report:

The heartbeat of iText in May shows some arrhythmia caused by public holidays in different countries: the first of May in Europe, the Ascension and Pentecost in the Christian countries, Memorial day in the US,... It's amazing that these dates can be visualized in the analytics reports of the site of a technical product.

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How I started using Pinterest because I loved it...

... and why I continue loving Pinterest because I use it.

When I first heard about Pinterest, I thought: What is this about? Let's request an invite.

I thought it was something in-between FlickR and Facebook. I didn't see any use for it, but I loved the interface and its simplicity, so... why not give it a try?

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