With a cost of only $15 to upgrade recent computers from Windows 7 to Windows 8, many have been and will be tempted to upgrade. If you're like me you'll find Windows 8 more frustrating than sublime. Cobbling together a touch friendly UI meant for tablets with a decades old UI meant for mousing was an ambitiously lousy idea. That having been said, everything else about Windows 8 I like; it is built upon the internal and external improvements of Windows 7. But how could I return my Windows 8 computer back to the sanity of my mouse-friendly Windows 7-ish UI? After trying some alternatives (including a month spent with the disappointing StartMenuX), I finally arrived at the solution that was right for me: Start8 from Stardock. For a very reasonable $4.99 you can (optionally) bypass the new Windows 8 start screen and return to a desktop with a wonderfully close facsimile of the previous Windows start menu. I've been a user of various Stardock software for a while, and though I've had my frustrations with some buggy and over-reaching software, when they get it right they really get it right, and this is one fine example.
Since going back my productivity is back to where it was and I feel saner than ever.
Quinxy von Besiex
- CEO of Besiex
- Evernote is the Worst, It’s like Hipster Software
- Remapping your 101 Key Keyboards (e.g., IBM Model M) to Restore the Windows Key, Menu Key, Media / App Keys on Windows
- My Move Away from the Das Keyboard and Back to the IBM Model M
- My Move to the Das Keyboard Ultimate Model S
- Japanese Soldier Stupidly Fought WWII for 30 Extra Years
- A Happy ACA (Obamacare) Subscriber
- Why Christians Should Pay for Health Insurance Covered Abortions
- Note to Self: Clean Out Laptop Vents More Often!
- The Unsporting Life of Deer Hunting
- How is Paul Walker’s (Fast and Furious) death a tragedy*?
My Other Interests
- Chang Jiang Collective
- League of Gentleman Riders
- Société Besiex de La Boîte Noire
- Vegetarian Dining Club
My Projects & Sites
- Besiex & iCentric
- letter fragment
- Nook Color
- Radio Controlled (R/C)
- Translations of Taras Zaitsev