Bruno Lowagie's blog

iText Office: paint and electricity

It has been a while since I blogged about the iText Office. The cable for the office LAN were placed on in April, but nothing was connected yet. We were waiting for the walls to dry and for the painters to come. This happened last week.

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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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