It's no longer possible to register for an account on Bruno Lowagie's Online Gazette. Removing SPAM was getting too labour intensive for me. Even with a Captcha, many accounts were created with the sole purpose to put SPAM messages in the comment sections of my blogs. I used to manually remove accounts with names such as 'cialis promo', and I used to approve names that sounded normal, such as Alfred Alston or Kumar Praveen or... I will no longer do that because SPAMmers started using normal names too.
For those who really want an account on this site:
Three months ago, there were 1,486,744 developers active on StackOverflow and I was ranked #11,828. A month and three days ago, the total number of people active on StackOverflow had already increased to 1,629,590. Today, the number is 1,718,000 active developers:
The last three days, I've been in Vienna as a member of the ISO-Committee for ISO-32000-2 (aka PDF 2.0) and other PDF-related ISO standards. This is a voluntary "job". Actually: you have to pay to be a member of the standards body of your country.
Vorige week ontving ik een mail van Ianka Fleerackers in verband met haar nieuwe project Zoë Eisenhoet. Ik kende Ianka vroeger enkel van TV als "prinses Prieeltje" uit Kulderzipken, maar anderhalf jaar geleden ontmoette ik haar in een andere context, op een event waar ik als spreker te gast was. We raakten aan de praat en Ianka vertelde over haar prentenboek voor iPad Wolfie en haar andere literaire projecten.
Next week, I'll be in Vienna to participate to the Technical Commission 171 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). I'm the Belgian representative for the NBN. TC 171 is about document technology such as PDF, so I'll talk PDF for almost a week.
Later this month, I'll attend BizCamp #8.
Imagine my surprise when I looked a the number of downloads of the white paper on digital signatures for April:
1715 people found the white paper thanks to Google, 639 people thanks to StackOverflow. That's great, isn't it?
In the last few weeks, I've had ideas for at least five blog posts, but I never had the time to write about these ideas, and I fear they are now lost. That's a pity, because lowagie.com is getting more visits and I can't offer any new content due something as stupid as lack of time:
This upward trend is certainly visible in iText sales, and the web statistics for itextpdf.com aren't bad either:
These Nigerian scammers are getting more and more aggressive. This is a mail I received today:
Less than two months ago, there were 1,486,744 people active on StackOverflow and I was ranked #11,828.
There has been a significant increase of active StackOverflow users (+142,481):
I've also managed to reach the goal I described in my previous post. I'm now in the top #10,000.
Next goal: reach a 5,000 as reputation.
Dit is (hoop ik) mijn laatste blog over het 1000 Vuren kruispuint (Zie hier en hier voor de voorgeschiedenis. De vorige blogs waren eerder persoonlijk. Deze blog is vooral informatief bedoeld, met name: een overzichtje van situaties die ik niet zo duidelijk vond, maar die me nu duidelijk zijn uitgelegd: