Who I Am

I'm Robin Burchell (or w00t on various places on the internet). I'm an Australian turned Norwegian, living near Trondheim in the middle of Norway, where I've lived and worked since 2011 when my wife dragged me to be closer to her family.

I'm a self-employed consultant software expert, offering services through my own company, Crimson AS. I provide software engineering, performance analysis, optimization, and more, often focusing around Qt on embedded Linux, but I've also done plenty of other things.

If you'd like to contact me, the easiest way is through email: robin@viroteck.net, though there are some other ways to get hold of me too. I also have a linkedin profile.

What I Do

Crimson AS

(September 2011 - Present)

Passionate software engineering consultant and open source hacker, specialising on Qt (embedded, mobile, and desktop), performance analysis and optimisation.

For some of the projects I've been involved with, please see below.

For other examples of my work, my Github might be a good place to look.

What I Know

  • Linux (since 2002) (& Android since 2011)
  • C/C++ (since 2002)
  • PHP (since 2002)
  • SQL (since 2004)
  • JavaScript (since 2006)
  • Git (since 2008)
  • Qt (since 2008)
  • QML (since 2011)
  • Wayland (since 2012)
  • OpenGL (since 2012)
  • Yocto (since 2015)

I find it fun to try new things and experiment a lot, so there's a lot more in my head than on this list. There's also the occasional thing I may know about, but not want to admit. :-)



(May 2021 - Present)

Consultant software developer. Working on the graphical stack for the remarkable tablet, mobile, and desktop applications, as well as occasionally helping with issues with Qt or embedded Linux (Yocto).


(September 2015 - October 2021)

Consultant software architect. Worked on X-Connect, an automation system for maritime vessels.

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(September 2014 - August 2015)

Consultant software engineer. Worked on Bluescape, a system that allowed collaborating on content and ideas over the internet.

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(July 2012 - August 2014)

Consultant software architect. Built Sailfish OS, a mobile operating system, from scratch over the course of a year, and shipped devices using it.

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(March 2010 - June 2012)

Consultant software engineer. Built the Contacts application (and framework) for the Nokia N9, as well as various other smaller roles, such as contributing to Qt.

Omerta Game Ltd

(January 2006 - March 2010)

Lead developer role. Developed a large online MMORPG, focusing on Linux/PHP/MySQL skills.

Open source contributions

I've done a lot of different things over the years. Here's some of the more interesting stuff.

Independent contributor, Qt Project

(2010 - Present)

Qt is a development framework for creating software easily.

My interests in Qt are wide and esoteric, from QtCore (data containers, I/O, the 'meat' of everything) to QtNetwork (performance of sockets), QtGui (performance of rendering) and generally anything I feel like eyeing over on a day to day basis.

I gained an early interest in submitting patches to Qt when it launched an open repository, and was nominated as one of the first external (non-employed) contributors to the project to be given "Approver" status.

Later, I was nominated to be a maintainer of QtQuick, which I worked on actively for several years, as well as patching v4 (the QML JavaScript engine).

Starting around 2020, I haven't contributed as much, due to changes in both personal and work circumstances, but I still make occasional improvements.

Lead Developer, InspIRCd

(2003 - January 2010)

InspIRCd is an extensible, high performance (over 80,000 connections in a single threaded daemon), chat service, written in C++.

My involvement was with public relations management, coding, development, triaging bugs - whilst working with a team including many other developers and nontechnical people.

InspIRCd is the second most popular server software of its type in use today, deployed on hundreds of servers.

I left the project (in good hands) in 2010 in order to seek out new challenges.