Trademark scams

If I didn't know better, I'd almost had a heart attack when I opened my (snail) mailbox this morning. On one and the same day, I received three letters that looked as if they were invoices for a total amount of about $7,500 (click the images for more detail): RIPT WDTP
$2,692.50 $2,662.50 1.629,00 euro

Fortunately, I immediately recognized the letters. I had already received one right after my application for a Trademark for iText®was published.

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Books I've read last month

My name is Bruno Lowagie, and I'm a reader.
Hi Bruno!
I've read five books since Januari 21st.
Tell us about them, Bruno.

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iText 5.0.6 has been released

The most substantial changes are in the HTMLWorker functionality. Some new features were added, but most of all: the code has been rewritten to make it easier to extend. This will allow us to support more tags and styles soon (in iText 5.1.0).

We also have a new core developer, Balder Van Camp, who is screening the code, optimizing performance and reducing the memory use. He has also moved the resources (such as font metrics) from the source code directories into a separate folder. More code reorganizations will follow in iText 5.1.0.

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Reading a book saves time

I was really pleased when I saw this tweet from Claire Botman:

seriously loving iTextSharp since I finally bought the iText book after struggling for too long, thankyou @bruno1970 for all your hard work

The idea of the book is to give you a jump-start, so that you don't loose valuable time trying to understand what PDF is about. Thank you for your kind words, Claire!

Google Analytics — January 2011

A month ago, I evaluated my sites in 2010. In November, iText had the highest average of visits a day (3001) as well as the highest number of unique visitors (57,090). Let's take a look and find out if we were able to beat these numbers in January 2011:

Ah, I love the heartbeat of a good Open Source project. And what do we see? An average of 3002 visits a day and 58,830 unique visitors! A new record!

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Three flat tires in two weeks

I stopped working for Ghent University on October 1st, and in the first three months I gained 5kg. On January first there was 80kg of Bruno Lowagie on the world. Sure, the holiday season is responsible for part of these kilos, but there were two other culprits: I had more business lunches (at least once a week) and I worked from home, meaning I don't have to jump on my bicycle to go to work anymore.

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Books I've read last month

A month ago, I wrote a blog about reading. I made a list of the books I had read recently, and I started reading "Crime and Punishment". Today we are one month and four days later, and during that period, I've read the following books:

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Bruno Lowagie se dévoile

French is a beautiful language, isn't it? Under the title "Bruno Lowagie reveals himself in Action", Zenika, a French consultancy company, announces my book presentation in Paris on March 10.

I already blogged about this a couple of days ago, but this is the final text:

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PDF Digital signatures

In the past, I've always used the book when teaching iText. I was happy to get the opportunity to write a second edition, because the teaching experience revealed some flaws in the overall organization of the book. I wanted to be able to teach the basics first, and then go into the details.
I didn't have the time to teach an iText course after the release of the second edition yet, but I realize that the book isn't sufficient. I should also make slides, if I want to be really professional.

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Warning: wrong cover on old book page at Amazon

I just checked my affiliate commissions at Amazon, and I was very surprised to see that the sales of the 1st edition went up again. Why would people buy the first edition if there's a second edition available?

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