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After ten years of extremely expensive, slow, and politically messed up construction work -- it is a long and sad story of government corruption and incompetence -- Budapest, the Hungarian capital, got its fourth metro line today. Despite its ill-fated genesis and controversial usefulness, the Metro 4 is an amazing engineering, architectural, and artistic achievement, a mix of stunning concrete structures and trippy ornamentation. It looks stunning.
In the US, the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy 15 boring machines to build a sprawling new train system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states.
It took Microsoft almost a decade to design its first piece of tablet hardware. Seven years of hard development, refinement and tuning before it wound up with what we now know as Surface. Two models of Surface tablet will hit the market in the next few months. The Surface RT is first off the rank, so how does it stack up to other ARM-powered tablets?
If you don't like the concept of Windows 8's Metro (or whatever they're calling it these days) UI style for whatever reason, there's a way to get around it. RetroUI is a program that will take users directly to the Classic desktop after login, and even lock the new UI away completely.
Taking a cue out of the playbooks of famous name-changers like Ron Artest, Cat Stevens and Prince, Microsoft isn't calling its UI design Metro anymore. Although that's the official title MS has been using for years, it's reportedly making the shift due to legal reasons -- ever heard of a German company called Metro? Neither have we. But apparently they have lawyers!
Since we now know that Microsoft has yanked the (code)name Metro for its Windows 8 user interface, let's have a group think and figure out what Microsoft should rename its now-nameless UI.
We love Metro. Maybe you do too. But you've got an iPhone and don't want to switch to a Windows Phone that isn't even going to be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8. Well, here's your solution.
Metro is irrefutably beautiful, but the imminence of Microsoft's bold new UI in Windows 8 has a lot of power users worried about just how they're going to be able to function with the new system. Judging by how multi-display systems seem to be working, the answer seems to be "more or less the same."
It's Apple, not Microsoft, whose products have long been known for careful minimalism. However, Redmond is evolving, relying heavier on Metro, the simple, design philosophy marked by simple typography and big blocks of colour that is infiltrating most of its platforms.
Microsoft Zune and Windows Live apps may not be included in the upcoming preview of Windows 8 -- at least not the way we're used to seeing them. Though the brands and apps will be gone, their functionality will be included in other parts of the OS.
There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft. Like the guy who collects Steve Ballmer's dry cleaning. But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest gig in Redmond. Or at least the most harrowing. Over the past five years, he's taken on the tiny task of redesigning the operating system used by like a billion people all over the world. You know, NBD.