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Every month I peek at Google Analytics to find out if my different sites are doing well.
Bruno Lowagie's Online Gazette has been dead for a long time, so it will take a while before you see something that looks like a heart beat:

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An evening with my (former) colleagues

I've been working at home for my own company for exactly two months now, and I really enjoy my sabbatical. Yet, there are times when I miss having colleagues nearby, especially: having lunch with colleagues.

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Royal Library of Belgium (2)

A week and a half ago I wrote that I paid a visit to the Royal Library of Belgium because, according to a Belgian Law dating from 2008, I had to donate two copies of my new book (2011) and while I was there, I also took a copy of my first book (2007).

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Reading Android in Practice

A couple of days ago, I installed a development environment for Android because I volunteered to review chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 9 of Android in Practice. I don't have much time to read for the moment, but I succeeded in finishing the first chapter today, and I've deployed my first "Hello Android" application on my phone.

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Clean URLs in Drupal: Apache rewrite module

After I installed different virtual hosts on my local Apache server, I noticed that my blog site (Bruno Lowagie's Online Gazette) didn't work because I had enable clean URLs on my public webserver, but this wasn't possible on my local machine. I had to apply some extra, minor changes to the httpd.conf file. This is what was needed:

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Configuring virtual hosts on different ports for your Apache server

A couple of days ago, I explained how I installed Apache, mySql and PHP on my new portable. I use this local installation to develop different sites (one of them being I put the HTML, CSS and PHP files of these sites in different directories under C:/WWW/. This is how I tell Apache how to serve these different sites using different ports on the localhost.

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Setting up my Android development environment

I've installed the newest Eclipse version (Helios) a couple of weeks ago, but apparently I need an old version because the System Requirements warn me that "There are known issues with the ADT plugin running with Eclipse 3.6. Please stay on 3.5 until further notice."

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Installing Apache, PHP, MySql and phpMyAdmin

I've been installing the WAMP stack (Windows, Apache, mySql and PHP) many, many times now, and with every try I do something wrong. Maybe it's time to write a page for further reference so that I have a checklist for the next time I need to do this.

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iText in Action at Devoxx — review at

I've found a first review of my Devoxx presentation at

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The Royal Library of Belgium

I almost broke the law without knowing there even was a law.

A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted about the first "iText in Action" review on Amazon:

@bruno1970 5 Nov
Does Belgium know that "Bruno Lowagie is a Belgian National Treasure!"

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