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    Senior editor, 2013 - present
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    Contributing Technology News and Feature Writer, 2013
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    Contributing Technology & Business Blogger, 2013
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    Contributing Technology & Electronics Writer/Blogger, 2013
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    Contributing Technology Writer, 2013
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Tech Enthusiast, Sushi Lover, PCWorld Senior Editor
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I'm an electronics enthusiast who is lucky enough to make a living as a senior editor for PCWorld. I was a longtime freelancer before that, with my work appearing in Maximum PC, Laptop Magazine, Wired, Gizmodo, FoxNews.com, MSNBC.com and many, many others.

When I'm not writing, I'm usually either reading, listening to music of all types, or neglecting my family by playing waaaaaaaay too much Wasteland 2.
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Biggest beard this side of ZZ Top (and that homeless guy down the street).
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"Battle Hardened" is Mnpctech's 2nd limited series custom fan grill, http://mnpctech.com/pc-computer-cooling-fans-grills-custom/

#walkingdead   #gameofthrones  
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My experiences went much more smoothly, but when things go wrong, it seems they can go REALLY wrong.
 
A summary of my weekend with Windows 10

-I power on my monitors to discover that Windows 10 had shut down unexpectedly and had directed me to the Windows repair menu. No worry, I'll ignore it and keep going. Nope, redirected to that same menu

-I decide to run the system repair, that'll fix it right? No, it continually loops back to that same menu. Rendering my machine useless.

-Well, I have a Windows 10 boot drive, I'll just clean install. Go through installation, and activate Windows once I get online, because I have it verified through my Microsoft Account. That'll work, right? Wrong. Never received a product key for Windows 10 anyways. I'll try my Windows 7 product key, seeing as that verified my upgrade, it should work, right? Wrong again. Skip that part for later, because I have read(possibly incorrectly) that it should just verify through my Microsoft Account when I get online.

Get Windows 10 up and running and it tells me I need to activate, I'm connected to the internet and it isn't activating. Windows 10 tells me to enter a product key, I try the Windows 7 one again to no avail. I have no other product keys. I'm out of options here

-Reach out to Microsoft Support, explain that I have a valid copy of Windows 7 and upgraded to Windows 10. How can I validate and get back to Windows 10. I'm looking at my Microsoft Account, it lists that I have Windows 10 installed on my Desktop. They should just be able to verify it, right? Something, anything?

Microsoft Support tells me that I have to reinstall Windows 7, verify and activate Windows. Then proceed to upgrade to Windows 10. I ask if that is all I can do, Support says yes

Spend an hour or so today doing just that, I have Windows 10 set up and running again. But not after way too much work

This is not "future computing"

This is not simple fluid like using a computer in 2015 should be. What if I had lost my Windows 7 install disk or had not kept my Windows 7 License Key? What would they have done for me then. The idea that you should keep a license key for 7 years in the case that an OS fails on you with no way to just upgrade and verify through your Microsoft Account  is beyond me. If everything is moving to the cloud, how on earth is it not possible to verify my license through the cloud? How is this intuitive and user friendly? If this had happened to my parents, they would have had 0 idea as to how to proceed, even with Microsoft Supports help.

Sigh.... I am baffled at this. I had praised my experiences with Windows 10 high and low on the internet, check my Twitter, it's all there. But this is absolutely ridiculous that there isn't an easier way to do this. I'm a PC builder, I reformat from time to time. What am I to do then? Go back to Windows 7, then up to 10 every time if Windows 10 doesn't verify? There needs to be a better way to do this
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Admittedly not a major problem but my Setpoint for my Logitech mouse refused to switch profiles. Annoyed me enough to revert back to 7.
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A thrice-weekly webcomic written and illustrated by Reza Farazmand. New comics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
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Raspberry Pi vs a vintage Cray X-MP supercomputer: which is more powerful? More http://vk5tu.livejournal.com/50955.html cc +Raspberry Pi  #Linux   #Unix   #BSD   #ARM  
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This is the future
Yes, there is a monthly subscription offer buried within Windows 10. To play Solitaire.
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Ads for the free version? Oh, I have to pay them to get rid of the ads? Free OS but give us a few bucks here and there... great. 
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Stole this from AP comments. 
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I see a lot of people excited about the PhoneBlok concept. It looks like it could be cool, albeit hideous, right until you drop it. 
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A couple of awesome 4K Witcher 3 screenshots I've been using as wallpaper since finding them in r/Witcher. 
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This is why we can't have nice things.
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Not entirely unexpected, but still a bit surprising. +OnePlus just broke up with us over +David Ruddock's editorial.

No more review units, no invite giveaways that I promised you guys, and likely no further communication (though I hope they at least respond to technical questions).

I'm glad respecting editorial integrity and reception to criticism is high on their list of values. But remembering that part about respect at the end of http://andp.lc/1h9bXjO title, I shouldn't be surprised.
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Having #binary problems? I feel bad for you son. #programming #geekhumor
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Absolutely tremendous food, but loooong wait times. It's totally worth the patience, but you may want to place a take out order if you have young kids in tow. Prices are reasonable for the quantity and quality, too - $10 to $20 for entrees, $8 to $10 for sandwiches, including half-pound burgers. Get the Buffalo tenders!
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