Windows 10 Free for First Year

In a move that many have repeatedly hoped for, but have been continuously let down about (until now), Microsoft has declared that upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 (and any equivalent Windows Phone OS versions) will be FREE for one year after release.

I imagine that it will continue to be free after the first year, or at least a remarkably reduced price, but the move should prompt users to upgrade as quickly as possible. That means good news for Microsoft, which will definitely be aggressively promoting the adoption rate for it’s new operating system.


Why you WANT the riddles (Interviewing and Being Interviewed)

Recently, a colleague brought the following comic to my attention (from KeluKeluGames):


And it seems to be hilariously accurate. Now, I’m not a software developer, but as a product manager, I’m the one who has to tell an engineer the text is off center (the designer is the stickler about the 3 pixels). So it got me thinking, what is the purpose of this process of riddles and trick questions and technical trivia?

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Steve and Patrick, of Strap

Last week, the Idiot Economist attended a developer conference in California for the Pebble Smartwatch. Among the many incredibly talented and interesting people I met out there were a couple of guys promoting their new analytics platform: Strap. According to their website (, “Strap is a software and analytics platform that unleashes the potential of wearables for developers, enterprises, and brands.” Essentially, they are trying to create a universal approach to getting valuable data from the next wave of technology. Below is a brief interview with Steve Caldwell and Patrick Henshaw, two of the three co-founders of Strap.

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The “What, How, and Why” of the Smartwatch Arms Race

Recently, I re-discovered an old TED talk that happens to be a longtime favorite of mine. It’s by leadership expert Simon Sinek, and is his first TEDx talk, given in 2009. It also happens to be the third most popular video on the TED website. In it, he covers what he deems a fundamental element of leadership, as it relates to advertising and other industries: that people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. Today, The Idiot Economist explores how this methodology applies to the Smartwatch Arms Race, which has been brewing for some time but has finally come to a head with the announcement of the Apple Watch.

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