Last night I decided it was time to give Windows 10 a try. The catalyst to install the tech preview was equal measures curiosity, opportunity, and boredom. I needed to see for myself what Tom Warren’s so excited about, and I just happened to have a rarely used Windows 8.1 tablet nearby that I needed for a legacy .EXE earlier in the day. So, during a country music segment on The Voice I Googled, “how do I install Windows 10.” An embarrassing number of missteps later and my old Hotmail address was registered with Windows Insider and I was up and downloading.
I haven’t used Windows regularly for years, having abandoned the platform professionally just prior to Vista. I’ve tried to keep up, but never managed more than a vague acquaintance with subsequent releases. Now that I’m digging in, I find it all so… weird, but not in a negative way. It’s like seeing an old flame at the high school reunion: there’s a hint of passion and familiarity obscured by the unforgiving chisels of time and regret. Windows 10 is so different than my hardwired memories but it’s still unmistakably Windows. At one point, I accidentally opened the Device Manager after burrowing a bit too far into the Advanced Options. The pang of nostalgia for my sysadmin days surprised me, half tempted to go edit a config.sys.
My upgrade hasn’t been easy and it sure as hell hasn’t been fast — and I’m updating again this morning in order to try out the Project Spartan browser. It’s laborious, sure, but it’s also fun in a way only geeky spelunkers of beta software can understand. It’ll be months, and probably require some time on a new Microsoft Surface, before I know if this will lead to anything permanent. But it's all about the journey, right?
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One of Spartan’s more impressive features is the ability to annotate notes with a pen. While recently leaked builds of Spartan didn’t feature this, today’s preview will include this new Web Notes function. You can write or type directly on to a webpage, and share the comments through email, social networks, or through OneDrive.
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British car company McLaren has historically built supercars, machines built more for the racetrack than the road, with pricetags of hundreds of thousands of dollars to match. But with the launch of the new McLaren 570S, it's looking to change that. The upcoming 570S is the first of the manufacturer's Sports Series range, and is set to compete with cars such as the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo. The 570S still isn't exactly cheap, but at an estimated $180,000, it's set to be by far the cheapest model McLaren has ever sold.
For companies whose trade is measured in digital 1s and 0s, the tech giants of Silicon Valley seem pretty keen on having physical reminders of their success in the form of majestic headquarters. The latest example comes from Facebook, with Mark Zuckerberg announcing this week that the company has officially moved into its new digs: a 430,000-square foot warehouse designed by architectural superstar Frank Gehry and nicknamed "MPK20."