Exciting developer challenge – RoboChamps Urban Challenge

Microsoft and KIA Motors are teaming up to provide a fun and challenging competition RoboChamps Urban Challenge, based on Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 and five virtual models of KIA cars. The competition is similar to the DARPA Grand Challenge competition which has been running since 2004 and which awards a cash prize for the successful creation and test of a fully autonomous vehicle. The RoboChamps Urban Challenge is however a 100% virtual experience but with real prize money...

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What I am up to

My focus right now is on getting getting our breadth partner engines to work in concert. It boils down to identifying and creating the content our breadth partners expect, and making it available through online and in person channels. A major push this year will be to reach beyond our traditional ecosystem. With new tools like Expression and Silverlight this is a really fun job.

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Microsoft Live Writer – nifty

I just upgraded to the latest (beta) of Microsoft Live writer. It is a really nifty tool that allows you to write and post to your blogs (yes, more than one) with a WYSIWG user interface. Even better is that you can do all your typing while off line and upload when you have the connection back. Live Writer can publish to many of the most common blog machines including Windows Live, WordPress, Blogger, Live Journal and TypePad. I have a slight reservation about the fact that the tool is a bit slow and you en up waiting for it to respond now and then. The latest version claims to manage...

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