Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 20:50 UTC
Windows "Microsoft today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a beautiful new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store." I'm still not clear on what '12:01 AM local time' means, but if it means it goes on sale in every country on 12:01 AM, I'll be buying in a bit over an hour!
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What did the wheel fix that walking needed to be fixed badly?

Just feel like pointing out that that question actually does the opposite of what you intended: the wheel provided much faster and easier means for people to transport heavy loads as compared to walking and made entirely new avenues possible, and as such it was actually a hugely beneficial "fix."

What did Charles Babbage's analytical machine fix that the French automated looms needed fixing badly?

It didn't "fix" anything in the real world at the time, but the "fix" was that it proved that such analytical machines are not only possible but will be entirely viable in time, and therefore proved that it is an area worth researching. Ie. it "fixed" a mentality in scientific circles of the time.

I don't think either of those can really be compared to Metro. (Or Unity. Or GNOME 3. Or anything the likes.)

Edited 2012-10-26 15:18 UTC

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