Monday, October 12, 2009

The History of Visual Studio

MSDN Channel 9 has posted a new documentary series cleverly titled The Visual Studio Documentary.

Ah.  Nostalgia.  I loved this video, and I look forward to the rest of the series!  I have been working with Microsoft development tools since GWBASIC made its appearance in DOS 4.  If you'd like to see how software development and the Windows platform have evolved over the past 30 years, go watch it!  It's a fun way to spend a half-hour walking down memory lane.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Shroud of Turin Debunked?

Reuters is reporting that an Italian scientist has reproduced the Shroud of Turin using only materials commonly available in medieval times.  Apparently the shroud was also carbon dated in 1988 by a handful of labs and found to originate between 1260 and 1390, though skeptics argue that efforts to restore the shroud around that time are what contaminated the results.  How the image appeared on the shroud has been a mystery, but this new article definitely offers a plausible explanation.  I find it difficult to believe that there are still people out there who believe the shroud to be authentic.