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May the road rise to meet you...

It's time for me to sign off from this blog. I'll be over on www.robburke.net and wish you all the...

Author: RobBurke Date: 06/15/2007

Keeping Connected to Microsoft in Ireland

The whole Developer and Platform group have joined forces to start an MSDN Ireland Group Blog,...

Author: RobBurke Date: 06/15/2007

Five-digit number

Here was my XBox Live Gamertag this morning: According to Dave, that makes me a sad git, and he's...

Author: RobBurke Date: 06/09/2007

After the Last Stand

When the XNA-fuelled fireworks were over at yesterday's Last Stand in Dublin (literally and...

Author: RobBurke Date: 06/08/2007

Microsoft Surface

Out of Steve Bathiche and Andy Wilson's work on Surface Computing comes an elegant 30-inch diagonal...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/30/2007

Nikon's RAW (NEF) Vista Codec Updated

Nikon has released an updated version of their RAW (NEF) Codec for Vista that resolves an issue that...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/26/2007

Rob's Last Stand: XNA, Microsoft Robotics Studio, 360s, Wiis, and Dancing Robots

Talk Abstract: By day, he's helped mild-mannered developers build n-tiered architectures using .NET...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/22/2007

All good things ...

It has now been almost three years since I joined Microsoft to work with developers in Ireland....

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/21/2007

Dublin Event, May 28th: Windows Server 2008 Jumpstart

There are some exciting things coming for developers in Windows Server 2008, which recently reached...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/21/2007

Dev.Live.com gets a Facelift

I was looking up some information about one of the Windows Live services (Custom Domains,...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/15/2007

Three Technologies that will change photography

Quite an interesting article in the Microsoft PhotoBlog: Program Manager Jordan Schwartz describes 3...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/14/2007

Silverlight Developer Resource-a-rama

I've been absorbing Silverlight from the perspective of a developer who wants to use .NET code to...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/11/2007

Leaving Las Vegas

I've just touched down in Dublin after the long haul back from the MIX conference. I had an amazing...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/04/2007

Silverlight Airlines Keynote Demo Online

Last night, Delay announced the publishing of the Silverlight Airlines Demo from Monday's keynote....

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/02/2007

Communities of Purpose: Social Networking Panel

From left to right on the Social Networking: Enabling the Two-Way Street panel at MIX07: Dave Morin,...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/01/2007

Futures in Design with Kip Voytek

Kip Voytek's great design presentation today was, in my mind, underattended. I am sometimes...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/01/2007

Silverlight Developer Reference Diagram

Click to download. With props to Expression Product Manager Arturo Toledo for putting this together,...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/01/2007

MIX Misc Monday

Myspace presentation: Serving up the long tail's mp3 and other rich content at scale is an awesome...

Author: RobBurke Date: 05/01/2007

MIX07 Keynote: Favourite Moments (and photos)

After this morning's MIX07 keynote, I am reinvigorated about the power and potential of Silverlight....

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/30/2007

MIX07 Welcome Swag

Swag found in my MIX07 Welcome Pack: 1 Silverlight / Mix07 T-Shirt (obligatory)1 copy Vista Ultimate...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/30/2007

Microsoft Ireland's Imagine Cup winners announced this evening

I've just returned from the first Microsoft Ireland finals of the Imagine Cup, an annual...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/26/2007

Adventures in XNA 6: A Wii Flock of Boids

Here's a flock of butterflies, brought to you in XNA, which can soar around their environment with...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/25/2007

Tá ocras ar an Orcas: Visual Studio "Orcas" Beta 1 available

I'm working on two projects in the evenings: One is an XNA app (no surprises there), and the other...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/20/2007

Two Artificial Intelligence Legends Publish Sequels

I discovered through a New Scientist magazine article (thanks to Clare) that Marvin Minsky, a.k.a....

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/19/2007

Microsoft Robotics Studio, and teaching robotics north of the arctic circle

I was excited to see a good friend, Mona, start blogging about her experience running a science...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/19/2007

Sliverlight (nee WPF/E)

That's quite pretty. Here's more on SilverLight, the technology formerly known as WPF/E. "If you'd...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/16/2007

NLarge, unexpected benefits, and encouraging shared-source community contribution on Codeplex

I received a really nice and unexpected bit of feedback on my NLarge screen magnifier utility, which...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/13/2007

Guitar and Wii Controller into XNA: All Games are Wish Fulfillments

One of my favourite game designers of all time, Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango, Full Throttle,...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/13/2007

MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 11 Apr 2007

Evaluation Center Experience the New MSDN Evaluation Center The new central location to register to...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/11/2007

Codeplex Achievement Points?

I'm a huge fan of XBox Live Achievement Points. (In fact, Siofra uses another term to describe my...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/05/2007

Social Networking, Day 2 - Facebook stands out

Bebo: The "closed garden" approach isn't working for me. I already have a place I store photos...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/05/2007

Adventures in Social Networking

I keep hearing that all the cool kids are on social networks like Bebo and MySpace. So I signed up...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/04/2007

What developer technologies are you experimenting with?

I'm curious to hear which developer technologies (both from Microsoft and everyone else) you've...

Author: RobBurke Date: 04/04/2007

Valentia Technologies - Microsoft Global Case Study

I wanted to take a moment to congratuate Valentia Technologies, an Ireland-based company and one of...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/30/2007

Team Foundation Server and Team System: Presents and Futures

These are interesting times for development teams who are using Team System and Team Foundation...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/27/2007

WPF/E - Martha Rotter in Belfast and Dublin

Martha Rotter from the WPF/E team is presenting in Belfast tonight and Dublin tomorrow. You're going...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/26/2007

Windows Live for Developers: The Good, the Intriguing, and the Way to get Started

On Friday, I showed IT @ Cork the Windows Live Platform for developers. The "one link to rule them...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/26/2007

Hungry for ''Orcas''? Try the March CTP!

"Orcas" is the codename for the next release of Visual Studio, which will allow you to develop...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/22/2007

Big, Wide, and Deep Imagery from Microsoft Research

Big - We're talking GIGApixels of data (3.7 gigpixels in this image thumbnailed here)Wide - Wide...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/22/2007

MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 20 Mar 2007

[Default] Evaluation Center Experience the New MSDN Evaluation Center Register to download software...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/20/2007

Watch videos from the Microsoft Research TechFest event

Microsoft Research TechFest provides a forum for Microsoft researchers to connect with the broader...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/20/2007

Cool Interface of the Day - Production/Final Video Blending

Striking interface, magnificent content: Hover your mouse over the video to blend a region of...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/20/2007

Adventures in XNA 5: The Sharing of Games is About to Begin

An imminent update to the XNA Framework will allow for sharing of packaged XNA Game Studio Express...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/20/2007

Start++ is a great addition to Vista's Search functionality

The Vista Team blog tipped me off to a useful utility called Start++ that improves upon the search...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/07/2007

Adventures in XNA 4: XNA Creators Club Goes Live at the GDC

If there's one thing that the XBox teams seem to nail, it's the community orientation of sites like...

Author: RobBurke Date: 03/05/2007

Adventures in XNA 3: The XNA Animation Component Library

I've mentioned the XNA Animation Component Library in passing in my last two posts on XNA, so I...

Author: RobBurke Date: 02/28/2007

Package from Canada

Moose as far as the eye can see.

Author: RobBurke Date: 02/28/2007

Adventures in XNA 2: How Hard is XNA Development, Really?

You probably don't read the Official XBox Magazine, which is billed as "The UK's Number One XBox360...

Author: RobBurke Date: 02/27/2007

Imagine Cup 2007: IT Challenge Online Quiz: Round 1 is tomorrow

Over 100 students from 23 Colleges and Universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland have registered...

Author: RobBurke Date: 02/27/2007

Adventures in XNA 1: Mind Balance Reborn

I sank my teeth into XNA last week and have both the rings under my eyes to prove it, as well as a...

Author: RobBurke Date: 02/26/2007

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