“What You May Have Missed” is my weekly recap of the tech/startup sphere. The following topics were relevant during the past week (March 27th - April 3rd, 2016)
Microsoft @ BUILD 2016: “We Love Bash!”
One of the highlights during the keynote of Microsoft’s annual BUILD 2016 developer conference, was the integration of Bash within Windows. Wait, what?!? Yes, you heard right, Microsoft is partnering with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, to bring the Linux command-line experience under Windows. And when I say, real, I really mean it. This is not a virtual machine or a port of the Bash utilities. In fact, this is a genuine image of Ubuntu running natively on a Windows machine. Had I not switched to using a Mac (or directly using Linux, when possible), for precisely the same reason some 5 years ago. I’d be jumping to the sky right now.
Traditionally, the console under Windows has always felt limited, compared to its UNIX-based counterparts. The closest to emulating the Bash experience has been using a port, a.k.a Cygwin, or running a lightweight Linux distribution on a VM, right within Windows. Both have developers gain some level of power, but at the cost of much incompatibility with the rest of the Windows ecosystem.
All in all, I am excited to see Microsoft making strides to embrace the developer community (and not just .NET developers) again. This is something, I wouldn’t be able to imagine happening under Steve Ballmer, or even Bill Gates for that matter. Thanks, Satya Nadella!
ANNOUNCED: Developers can run Bash Shell and user-mode Ubuntu Linux binaries on Windows 10 https://t.co/pr0xY29zAL— Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) March 30, 2016
Tesla unveiled its long-awaited Model 3
Tesla’s long awaited Model 3 has finally been revealed, and it looks gorgeous, albeit, a little weird at the front. The car will arrive in 2017, and will supposedly sell for $35,000. This is a pivotal moment for Tesla, as it is expected to bring its lineup to the broader market. The initial reception has so far been more than positive: just a couple of days after its official unveiling, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk disclosed that preorders have more than doubled the expected numbers.
Aside from all facts, perhaps, what makes the look of the new Model 3 so enigmatic, is its grille-less front:
This does not mean at all that the car is ugly. On the contrary, the entire look is clean and elegant, though, a little jarring at the first encounter. The bold move from Tesla signals the end of combustion engine domination, and the beginning of a new, cleaner world. We can only wait and hope to see it come true.
The Model 3 is sleek and clean and quite modern-looking. The short overhangs make it a bit less languidly elegant than a Model S, but the proportions are still quite good. The side window line kicks up pleasingly at the rear, without feeling too forced, and the greenhouse’s overall taper I suspect has aero benefits, but also gives the car a leaner overall look, and forms the ‘shoulders’ or ‘haunches’ at the rear that suggest a bit of animal-like musculature, a hint at the rear-wheel drive nature of the car.
The most anticipated new car of this evening and possibly this year, the Tesla Model 3, is finally here. We've seen it. And, almost immediately upon seeing it, we're judging it. Here's my design breakdown based on what we've seen so far. http://jalopnik.com/tesla-model-3-... Here we are.
In case, you haven’t watched it, check out Model 3’s official unveiling:
… and Elon Musk’s master plan in his own words:
Background: My day job is running a space transportation company called SpaceX, but on the side I am the chairman of Tesla Motors and help formulate the business and product strategy with Martin and the rest of the team. I have also been Tesla Motor's primary funding source from when the company was just three people and a business plan.