I call the classic start menus and such "I fear change" mode. Fitting, I think
And I call it the "I like standards" mode.
Microsoft keeps releasing new products that break their own UI guidelines. Microsoft way back released a small book that detailed the WIMP interface, and it's sad that they threw it out just for "oooh shiny". I think it's pretty funny that you think navigating as you describe an improvement. The problem with what you described is that if you add an item to the menu the previous keystroke sequence you memorized to run an application becomes ambiguous. I much prefer hitting a sequence of keystrokes identifying the menu I set up. Part of the problem with the start menu is the lack of standardization of the categorization of applications. Way too many application developers think I care what the name of the company is that created their app. Uhhh, No, sorry, all I want to see is the application name on the start menu.
I would love to go to a Microsoft demo and have them use their fancy new products blindfolded just to show how broken their apps are.
Personalized menus break consistency. Someone please go bludgeon the idiot that thought them up. We are creatures of habit. We memorize paths to places, and when any part of the path changes on us we get lost. I memorize the keyboard shortcuts after a while. Whose bright idea was it to hide them anyways?
OS and the big industry players (Nokia etc) are meeting to agree upon an open standard to compete with Apple.
Is this what it takes to get an open standard? Some 800lb gorilla to come through as an obvious villain? Why aren't we the people refusing to buy into proprietary standards? (Communications protocols, Media formats, App stores)
I wonder though, is there a non-linear optics system that can re-focus an earth based laser to a much higher orbit? (Think LEO optical relay)
Large solar flare destroying a bunch of satellites, replacement needed.
Some new weapon that can destroy a large number of satellites (ground based X-ray laser or an EMP/Nuclear weapon)
Reagan's Star Wars style satellites chain. I've heard we have some advances in Fiber laser efficiency. Any other recent big advances in beam weaponry?
The interface simplicity also emphasizes this. We associate complicated interfaces with complex, difficult to use machinery. A 747 cockpit has a ridiculous number of switches, gauges & dials, a door just has a knob.
It is then MY platform and they can keep their hot grubby greasy slimy anti-competitive hands OFF!