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Third Person (Paul Haggis): behind the scenes

I was going through my notes of 2013, thinking of writing an overview of memorable moments, when I found a folder containing photos taken in January during a visit "behind the scenes" of the set of the movie Third Person. As the movie will be released in Belgian movie theaters next year, maybe it's time to share some of these pictures:

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Days abroad

TripIt tells me I've traveled over 136K km and I've stayed more than two months abroad this year:

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Maps on Pinterest

Cool! Pinterest now allows you to pin photos on a map:

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Google Analytics — November 2013

October was the first full month with the new design of the web site, and we immediately had new "absolute visitors" and "page view" records. We probably won't break these records in November and December because of the holidays.
You can clearly see the effect of Thanksgiving on the stats for November:

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Ask Bruno...

Last week I received a mail with the following questions:

Hello Bruno,
Can you direct me to a link for the last GPL version of iText?
I am also wondering, did you get bought out?
How did we jump from 2.1.7 to 5.0?

I received this question on my GMAIL account, and I was so surprised by the questions that I answered them:

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For my American followers ;-)

Finally a sample of Flemish humor with subtitles:

Lost in Translation

Vanmorgen in de krant:

Allereerst wil ik Dries Buytaert proficiat wensen met de tweede plaats voor Acquia in de Fast 500 van de US. Chapeau! Het artikel van 15 november in De Standaard is heel inspirerend voor ondernemers –jong én oud– bij wie het kriebelt om ook de wereld te veroveren met hun product. "Doen!" zegt het artikel: "The sky is the limit."

Alleen... hoe begin je daar aan?

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Ondernemerschap: de iText geschiedenis

Vanmorgen las ik via Folke Lemaitre het artikel Seven Deadly Startup Sins. Normaal gezien sta ik nogal kritisch ten opzicht van artikels die 5 tips voor dit en 7 regels voor dat aankondigen, maar in dit geval kon ik niet anders dan beamen wat er stond: deze tips heb ik zelf aan den lijve ondervonden en ik ga er volledig mee akkoord.

  1. Building too many things: focus, of je werkt nooit iets af.
  2. Getting feedback from non-customers: toen we bij iText van "users" overstapten naar "customers" hebben we meer geleerd in 1 jaar tijd dan in de 8 jaar die eraan vooraf gingen.
  3. Building features customers won't pay for: mijn grootste fout bij de failures die aan iText vooraf gingen.
  4. Following advice: dit hebben we tot onze eigen schade en schande moeten ervaren. We hebben onze buik stilaan vol van consultants. Sorry.
  5. Telling customers what they need: mijn "early failures" bevestigen dit.
  6. Not asking for the introduction: ik vind dat aan deze zijde van de oceaan moeilijker dan in de US.
  7. Not having a plan: lees verder om te zien hoe het huidige succes van iText het gevolg is van een meerjarenplan.

Wil je méér weten over hoe ik die doodzonden ervaren heb met iText, kom dan op 21 of 25 november luisteren naar de geschiedenis van iText:

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Google Analytics — October 2013

October was a very busy month for iText. We had the aftermath of Java One in San Francisco, the Fast 50 in Eindhoven, and the eID & ePassport Conference in Berlin. Did we see any effects on the web site statistics?

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My StackOverflow reputation

I'm all in favor of honor-based systems. That's why I try to be active on sites that promote this system by virtually awarding people for helping out other people. As I'm a developer, I chose to join StackOverflow one year and two months ago. During that period, I accrued 8005 reputation points:

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Google+

See also Bruno's profile on Google+