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.
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)
Real programmers don't comment their code. It was hard to write, it should be hard to understand.