Bruno Lowagie's blog

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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Enforcing your Trademark

Almost a month ago, I wrote Enforcing your Trademark: not that simple. I was complaining about the fact that somebody had claimed the @iText Twitter account, but hadn't been posting anything but absurd non sense (6 status updates on 3 different dates between November 8, 2007 and February 10, 2010).

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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).

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