I agree with pretty much every word you said. I wish I had some mod points to mod this comment up.
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As far as I can tell on my Win8 computer (and this is backed up by the Engadget article) there is no Metro calculator. When I open the start screen and start typing "calculator" it brings up the old Win7 calculator. How did you get a full-screen Metro one?
I love Win8's Start screen. I took 5 minutes to organize it and get rid of the stupid Metro apps I don't use. I have a column of work-related things, a column of fun things, and a bunch of stuff I use occasionally. To open a program I press the Windows key, then mouse over a tiny amount to what I want. Way faster workflow than I ever had before. When I try to use my kids' Win7 machine, I now find the Start menu painful.
I don't really have anything new to add to the conversation, but I want to say thanks.
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Thanks again, Rob. I hope your next project, whatever it may be, is as successful, or at least fun, as this has been.
Honestly, I rarely watch the older shows, and I'm ok with Hulu keeping the latest 5 or so episodes of the shows I watch. It looks like very little will actually change for me, either.
I will be so very, very glad when I never have to see a Flash ridden site again.
Out of curiosity, what does HTML5 have in it that will prevent web developers from making sites that are just as annoying as Flash-based ones? I'm purely an applications developer, not a web developer, but it seems to me that you can stick a whole bunch of video tags on a page and you'll have a site that looks suspiciously like most of the web does now. At least right now I can use FlashBlock in Firefox to keep the useless Flash stuff hidden.