Bruno lowagie was born in Ypres (Belgium) in the year 1970. He graduated as a civil architectural engineer in 1995 (Gent University). Bruno is the original developer of iText, the author of several books about iText, and the CEO of the iText Group.
Hmmmz, October looks suspiciously like September in terms of web site activity.
I can't say that the fact that we had to postpone the release of the new web site makes me happy. Once again, I'm reminded of the fact that deadlines can only be met if you're working on a one-man project. As soon as many different parties are involved, people will always change their mind, come up with new stuff, wait for feedback,... In February 2008, I've built a completely new web site for iText in only one (long) weekend. I rewrote the entire site about two years ago and that took me less than a week.
Mind you: I'm not blaming anyone. It's a shared responsibility and I'm the "chief responsible" as we didn't have any marketing employees between July and October. Moreover, the new web site will have much more functionality than the old one. Finally, I am no longer the only person who decides what should be on the site and what shouldn't. That's a good thing, because I didn't have any time to create and update web pages anymore.
If you'd asked me how the month of April was, I'd answer: is that month over already? I flew from Belgium to California, from California to Massachusetts, and then back to Belgium. The month was over before it started. And what about the web site? Did it suffer from the Easter holidays? Let's take a look:
"Soms moet je van je hart een steen maken."
Dat was één van de wijsheden waarmee mijn ouders mij opgevoed hebben. Soms moet je dingen doen die je echt niet wil doen, maar je doet ze omdat ze nodig zijn. Dat kan gaan van een avondje thuisblijven om te studeren voor een belangrijk examen in plaats van uit te gaan met je lief, over het afgeven van een huisdier aan de dierenarts voor een laatste spuitje, tot je gevoel noodgedwongen op nul zetten als je je kind moet bijstaan bij de zoveelste chemokuur.