I thought in a general sense, as a community, we'd moved past cheering for nerd-rage melodrama.
Windows 8 makes a few gaffes, but they're largely the same problems that Windows 7, Office 2007, and others started introducing. It can be annoying, but it's the same stuff taken to a reasonable next step, as well as UI unification between desktop, laptop, and tablet.
None of that is necessarily a fun thing, but OSX has been pushing many similar UI changes for longer. A lot of people were unhappy with Lion's increasing similarity and unification with iOS, just in case anybody actually forgot that in less than a year.
The bottom line is, 8 works in the same ways as 7, just with some added complexity. The easiest way to almost entirely remove that complexity? A start menu replacer. People recommend Start8, ViStart, and others. My personal recommendation is "Classic Shell". It works exactly the same as it used to on Vista+, except it adds the "Apps" to the start menu as well.
But even so, why wouldn't somebody be able to figure this out? The video author was squealing about how the start menu "hurt him deeply". Trackpads aren't really supposed to do "touch gestures" by default. It's vendor opt-in. Logitech opted in, and chances are, this guy didn't install whatever WIndows 8 drivers or control panel may or may not be available. Either way, it's a vendor issue. Just like 'no install/repair/recovery/etc' disk is a vendor issue. If you don't want vendor issues, you don't buy things from those vendors.
All of the UIs Windows (95-W8), OSX, KDE, iOS, Android, etc are different. What everything has in common is that there are roughly 6 different things you have to know about each, then consistency covers all of the multi-step operations, or using various applications. Occasionally you get something that breaks out of that a bit (Office 2007+). There are so many "advanced" things, like command line digging, reinstalling from scratch, that the overwhelming majority of people will simply ask a friend for help with or pay a PC repair company. That's pretty much regardless of operating system.
But I digress. The rant is pretty simply over the top drama. It should sell itself as entertainment (if it at least had any humor), not as something relevant to 'tech news'. It's not politically correct to mention, but this guy sounds and acts like the stereotypical nerd, going into a panicky, narcissistic rage about primarily one change that, overall, isn't that significant to day to day use, AND for which there exist free, open source, and easy to use workarounds, while still obtaining benefits of a newer OS.
He himself admits he only tried it for 30 minutes, in a coffee shop, and didn't bother one iota further.
Personally, I've been using it for 4 months (and preview versions before that) with NO issues that would meaningfully impact your average, or above-average user. All of my personal complaints are exceedingly specific and technical, and have mostly been taken care of by various updates.
And, in the interest of disclosure, I'm not the kind of person who likes Windows, or most other OSes, in a general sense.
I prod and patch kernels, have no problems custom-rolling EFI stub-only boot on Linux, etc. What I really miss, is being able to run highly customized FreeBSD and still use ~90% of my Windows games at full speed. That's mostly a hardware/driver/wine(!) issue, though.
So when I say I'm using Windows 8 in the exact same manner as I use Windows 7, I'm not exaggerating. I actually like the availability of some of the W8 new features. I middle click on the start button (or use Shift+Windows) if I want to see live tiles like the weather...just like on OSX, you use F12 to get the Dashboard to pop up a full screen of 'one glance' kinda information. Even before using Classic Start, the only quirk I took issue with, on the 'start screen', is that when typing for programs, it wouldn't search for stuff like control panels "by default". You'd have to move the mouse over to select "settings". Most of the start menu replacements, however, work exactly like W7 and others did, in that it searches everything.
I know it's really popular in tech circles to have a hate-on for Windows 8 right now, but most of the people raging about it have never even tried it. Most of the people who have tried it, but are still screaming bloody murder, haven't tried it for long (30 minutes isn't even long by twitchy standards), or on a regular PC without vendor screwups. Every version of Windows, since 95 OEM (95 OSR2-C was fun), have had serious vendor problems, in that they mess everything up.
There has also been the, exact, same reaction to every version of Windows in various tech circles since 3.0. Tons of people hated 3.0 (too fancy, doesn't work fast enough on 286s), 3.1 (too little change, where's my calendar??), 95 (start button is satan, where's my 386 enhanced-protected mode?!?!?!), 98 (it's too colorful, runs too fast), ME (WAY too colorful,, where's my DOS 7.0?!), 2K (where's my DOS? Give me my fscking DOS! too bland! not colorful enough!), XP (you've devalued 2K, too colorful, why can't I use my Win98 drivers anymore?), Vista (too bland, where's my 2K start menu?, give me my XP drivers, why is this prefetching or caching files, like we requested for years and linux and OSX already do?!, WHERE IS PINBALL?, my audio acceleration!), Windows 7 (where's my goddamned 2K start menu?!, too colorful, you've devalued my Vista!, fancy video drivers are satan), Windows 8 (too colorful, one UI change, and assorted small UI changes are satan, video drivers are too fancy, even with working day-zero support from vendors [a first], where's my Vista start menu?!, it supports nearly everything out of the box, but I'm used to installing USB/Wifi/etc drivers!)...