Microsoft Research, in graphic detail, at Siggraph 2006

While I was away in Canada last week, Siggraph 2006 was taking place down in Boston.  Many of the papers from that enormously engaging conference on graphics and interactive techniques are now available on the web.  During the conference, I enjoyed reading Ben Constable (of the Microsoft Max team) describe his experiences there in a…

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RoboCup tournament at the National College of Ireland (and dancing robots in general)

While scanning through the papers this weekend (over some Taiwanese High Mountain green tea that was relayed to me by the thoughtful and multilingual Eric Fish), I discovered that robots had invaded the National College of Ireland on Friday!  NCI had hosted the annual RoboCup competition, which features dance, rescue and soccer challenges.  Here’s more…

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Microsoft Research in Cambridge: Applied Games Group visit

 I had the good fortune of spending Thursday and Friday last week at Microsoft Research in Cambridge.  I had been invited to visit by Ralf Herbrich and Thore Graepel, the leaders of MSRC’s newly-formed Applied Games Group.  Before starting the Applied Games Group, Ralf and Thore were members of the Microsoft Research Machine Learning and Perception…

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Ireland .Net Developers Conference – 3rd and 4th of May – Tentative Agenda

Next week, on the 3rd and 4th of May, four of our technical communities – the ICS, INDA, IrishDev, and NIMTUG – are joining forces to host their largest .NET developer conference ever at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin. If you’re a developer, a project manager, a technical architect or a company director, or in…

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UCD Visual Studio 2005 Launch – Slides and Links

I gave a presentation yesterday to a packed room of students and faculty of the Univeristy College Dublin School of Computer Science and Informatics.  I love speaking with student audiences – they ask the most insightful questions, don’t pull punches, and (in Ireland anyway) typically come from non-.NET backgrounds. I know the story: I come from…


Photos of the brain-computer interface from the Dublin Visual Studio and SQL Server launch event

At long last, I’ve posted the photos of some of the many participants who tried out the Mind Balance brain-computer interface at the Dublin launch event.  I previously chronicled the story of the resurrection of Cerebus, our wireless brain-computer interface, prior to the launch event.  Many participants at the event, including Clare (as pictured below)…

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Express Editions of Visual Studio and SQL Server 2005 Free To Download today!

Great news for students, hobbyists, casual developers and curious newcomers! The Express Editions of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are now available to you in their RTM (Release-to-Manufacturer) format.  And you can download them from the web free of charge, here on the Express Edition page of the MSDN Site.  These freely-downloadable versions…

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Resurrection

 “Do you think we can get it working again?” I asked Scott, as he opened up the Marsellus Wallace briefcase to reveal the bits of a disassembled brain-computer interface.  Here we were on a Saturday morning, in Gary’s stunning office space overlooking Saint Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin, with the sun streaming through bay…

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SteveB Dublin Visit Photos and MSDN Flash Editorial

In this week’s MSDN Flash Ireland editorial, I reflected on Steve Ballmer’s visit to Dublin and looked toward our next focus: the November launch events.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting the official photos from the SteveB visit.  Here are a few half-decent photos here I took of the various SteveB events I attended. Flash Ireland contains…


Waterford SQL, Games for Health, Virtual Epidemics, Visions of Science

I’m down to Waterford tonight to talk about SQL Server 2005 at the local INDA usergroup.  If you’re down in the southeast, come on out and I look forward to seeing you at Dooley’s Hotel. Just a bit of personal interest to round out my blog for today.  Gamasutra (a site devoted to the art…

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