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
- The Unsporting Life of Deer Hunting
- How is Paul Walker’s (Fast and Furious) death a tragedy*?
- How can anyone not see that universal health care is inevitable?
- My Treadmill Desk: Week 1
- Sketchup Hanging on Start? Disable OpenGL Acceleration via Registry
- The N-Word as Used by Whites
- A Bad Vegetarian’s List of Edible Vegetables
- Cruelly Ephemeral Knowingness
- Rack2-Filer Smart is a Terrible, Awful, No Good Upgrade – Don’t Do It!
- My Hero #27: John Waters
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