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 best.

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Keeping Connected to Microsoft in Ireland

The whole Developer and Platform group have joined forces to start an MSDN Ireland Group Blog, including new developers Martha Rotter and Ronan Geraghty (who I must say are off to an amazing start with the group).  Inimitable community guru Clare Dillon, as well as Olive Cannon and Ciara Murphy, who you might know through…

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Five-digit number

Here was my XBox Live Gamertag this morning:  According to Dave, that makes me a sad git, and he’s probably right, but according to Guitar Hero, it also makes me:   Rock on.    

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After the Last Stand

When the XNA-fuelled fireworks were over at yesterday’s Last Stand in Dublin (literally and figuratively) I was totally lost for words. When does that ever happen?! What I really want to say most is thank you – especially to Clare Dillon, Philip McKeown, Fergal Breen and everyone else at Microsoft, MTUG, IrishDev and beyond who…

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Microsoft Surface

Out of Steve Bathiche and Andy Wilson’s work on Surface Computing comes an elegant 30-inch diagonal display table that reacts to touch — and will hit the market in Winter 2007.  It’ll be on show at Siggraph in August. Check out the demo (done in Flash (!) ). Please, can I have one in my…

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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 caused it to suddenly stop working last week. Apparently the problem had something to do with an expired certificate. The new Codec is still labeled version 1.01. However, if you uninstall the old 1.00 or 1.01 codec,…

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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 technologies. But by night, the real Rob comes out.  The one that works endlessly – nay, furiously – with XNA and the Microsoft Robotics Studio.  And now, with backpack and camera over shoulders, he’s going freelance, making the IMTC, in fact, Rob’s…

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All good things …

It has now been almost three years since I joined Microsoft to work with developers in Ireland.  During that time, Microsoft has unleashed one-and-a-half new Visual Studios, presented the world a new Vista, and most recently they’ve shed some SilverLight on things.  Meanwhile, I’ve kept up the auld vices: dabbling in AI, shooting some photographs,…

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Dublin Event, May 28th: Windows Server 2008 Jumpstart

There are some exciting things coming for developers in Windows Server 2008, which recently reached Beta 3 under its codename Longhorn Server.  If you’re able to reach Dublin next Monday, you may be interested in the upcoming Longhorn Server Jumpstart Event taking place at the Microsoft Ireland buildings. The developer- and IT-Professional-focused event takes place…

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Dev.Live.com gets a Facelift

I was looking up some information about one of the Windows Live services (Custom Domains, specifically) and noticed they’ve completely re-vamped the Windows Live for Developers site.  If you haven’t visited, that’s the “one link to rule them all” I have been giving after presentations to developers on the Windows Live Services. The re-org is…

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