A Conversation With Michael Lopp, Pinterest’s Head Of Engineering

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lopp2 About a year ago, Michael Lopp joined Pinterest as the company’s head of engineering — filling in the leadership of the engineering side next to co-founder Evan Sharp and CEO Ben Silbermann. Much of his role, since joining, has been to help teams at Pinterest, which consist of units of engineers, designers and product managers, mesh and work well together. Lopp comes from both… Read More

How to upgrade to Windows 10 without waiting in line

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade is rolling out to millions of PCs worldwide. 14 million machines are now running Windows 10, but are you still waiting for your upgrade notification? If so, there’s an easy way to avoid the line and download Windows 10 and upgrade straight away.

Firstly, backup all your files and data just in case. If you’re on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then head over to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page. If you’re on a 32-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then download the 32-bit tool, and if you’re using a 64-bit version then grab the 64-bit tool. You can check your Windows version by right clicking on My Computer or This PC in File Explorer and going to properties, and it will be listed under system type.

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The Moto X Style / Pure Edition is tearing at the fabric of reality

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I have a problem: I don’t know what to call Motorola’s newest flagship phone. The problem is built into the previous sentence, but not fully encompassed by it; should I have referred to the phone as “the Moto X Pure Edition” or “the Moto X Style”?  What does it mean to brand a thing one way in the US and another way internationally, though they are for most intents and purposes the same, minus some minor software and radio technicalities. If I refer to one, am I also referring to the other? Are they truly the same?

It’s incumbent on companies to create brands in such a way that we can refer to them universally and easily. That’s the point of a brand, to create an idea you can buy and sell. Motorola’s new phone fails that basic test,…

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Vapor No More: Ethereum Has Launched

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ethereum Thursday was, I think, a historic day–though whether it becomes a memorable milestone like the launch of the Altair 8800, or an obscure footnote à la CP/M, remains to be seen. Thursday was the day that the Ethereum Project finally launched, after much sound and fury, including raising ~US$10 million (in Bitcoin.) It’s a fascinating, wildly ambitious project, and it is vaporware… Read More

Windows 10 Upgrade Strategies, Pitfalls and Fixes As MSFT Servers Are Hit Hard

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MojoKid writes: The upgrade cycle begins, with Microsoft’s latest operating system–the highly anticipated Windows 10–rolling out over Windows Update for free, for users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. For those that are ready to take the plunge over the weekend, there are some things to note. So far, Microsoft has been rolling out the upgrade in waves and stages. If you are not one of the ‘lucky’ ones to be in the first wave, you can take matters into your own hands and begin the upgrade process manually. While the process is mostly simple, it won’t be for everyone. This guide steps through a few of the strategies and pitfalls. There are two main methods to upgrade, either through Windows Update or through the Media Creation Tool. In either case, you will need to have opted-in for the Windows 10 Free Upgrade program to reserve your license. Currently, the Windows Update method is hit or miss due to the requirement for additional updates needing to be installed first and Microsoft’s servers being hit hard, leading to some rather humorous error messages like the oh-so helpful description, “Something Happened.” Currently, it would be best to avoid the Windows Update upgrade, at least for the time being. Numerous issues with licensing have been reported, requiring manual activation either through the dreaded phone call, or by running slmgr.vbs /ato at the command prompt to force license registration.

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Silicon Valley’s Big Lie

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HughPickens.com writes: Danny Crichton writes at TechCrunch that startups in Silicon Valley run on an alchemy of ignorance and amnesia and that lying is a requisite and daily part of being a founder, the grease that keeps the startup flywheel running. Most startups fail. The vast, vast majority of startup employees will never exercise their options, let alone become millionaires while doing it. But founders have little choice as they sell their company to everyone, whether investors, employees, potential employees, or clients. “Founders have to tell the lie – that everything is fine, that a feature is going to launch even though the engineer for that feature hasn’t been hired yet, that payroll will run even though the VC dollars are still nowhere on the horizon,” writes Crichton. “For one of the most hyper-rational populations in the world, Silicon Valley runs off a myth about startup success, of the lowly founder conquering the world.”

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