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 wanted to take a moment to direct you toward the XNA Animation Component Library. I will confess: there is a reason it took me a while to launch myself into XNA.  The original challenge I’d set myself…

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Package from Canada

Moose as far as the eye can see.

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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 Magazine.”  All you need to know is that it’s a magazine written by fanboys, for fanboys.  Impartiality doesn’t seem to be on tap there, but admiration for all things XBox certainly is. So imagine my surprise a few…

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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 for the Imagine Cup Competition.  And it’s not too late: the competition is open to students from all third level Colleges and Universities around the world to compete in nine categories which span team-based challenges — such as software design…

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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 complete game running on my XBox360! I’ve heard the XNA vision articulated as “enabling the YouTube of Games.”  XNA has opened up the XBox360 game console to enthusiast developers and designers, who…

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Daft.ie Realtime: Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget for property updates in Ireland

Daft.ie is Ireland’s biggest property website.  Their listings include properties for sale, letting and sharing.  In fact, I found my Dublin apartment through Daft when I moved here from Canada. Daft has just released Daft Realtime, a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget which receives live updates from their listings directly to your Windows Vista desktop as new…

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SQL Server 2005 SP2: Released, and Vista-ready

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 was released yesterday, and I’ve just downloaded and installed the Express Edition with Advanced Services SP2 onto my Vista PC.  Smooth sailing all the way, and no compatibility warnings.  Hooray! Here’s a link to SQL Server 2005 SP2 on the TechNet site, and you can review this document on…

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Virtual PC 2007: Released, as free download

Microsoft has just released Virtual PC 2007 as a free download. Virtual PC is a client for hosting virtual machines. I have written before at how valuable I find virtualization to be, for development, testing, evaluating, and of course managing my little home infrastructure. Community Tech Previews of the next version of Visual Studio, code…

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MSDN Flash Ireland – International Resources – 21 Feb 2007

[Default] Spotlight on: Windows Vista Innovate on Windows Vista Innovate on Windows Vista helps fast-track solutions to success, by qualifying for a logo that tells everyone your existing application works with Windows Vista, and by providing plenty of assistance as you develop new solutions on this advanced platform to gain the Certified for Windows Vista…

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Windows Mobile 6: More than 6 things that I do with my Pocket PC.

I love my Windows Mobile device.  In fact, I love it so much, that when I had a chance to buy a Zune last week in Seattle, I didn’t take it.  My PocketPC does it all, and more.  The model I have is the HTC Wizard 100, which is pictured here; it’s a Pocket PC, rather than…

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