The New Budapest Metro Line Is an Awesome Psychedelic Trip

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… » 3/28/14 3:40pm 3/28/14 3:40pm

How the Persian Gulf Is Quietly Building a Railroad Empire

Here in the U.S., 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 fifteen boring machines to build a sprawling new subway system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network… » 3/17/14 10:00am 3/17/14 10:00am

Dear Microsoft, Don't Bail on Windows 8

The sheer audacity of Windows 8 was enough to set it apart. It was startling, the kind of uncompromising upheaval you almost never see from a frontrunner. Despite obvious missteps—big, idiotic, self-inflicted ones, more often than not—it always gave the sense that it was just wrong-footed, correctable stuff, never… » 5/10/13 12:56pm 5/10/13 12:56pm

Renaming Windows Metro: A Few Unsolicited Suggestions

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?… » 8/03/12 12:00pm 8/03/12 12:00pm