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Last week I bought a Samsung Chromebook. The reason for taking the plunge is that my son needs a new computer and I talked with my wife about getting him a laptop instead of a new iMac. Like many I watched the kabuki theater that is Congress perp walk Apple CEO Tim Cook in front of a committee to berate the company for legally applying the tax code that Congress created to preserve cash using the offshore entities the income was earned in. I was reading this article on the wave of executive departures at HTC on the heals of a successful product, the HTC One, and a clearly unsuccessful launch of the HTC First. I recently wrapped up my transition period out of Get Satisfaction and immediately swung into a new role at Ping Identity. The Verge is reporting that the iconic Start Menu will be returning in Windows 8.1. For those of you that don’t follow such things, Microsoft removed the start menu is Win8 in when they replaced the desktop as the primary UX canvas in favor of the new tile interface, called Modern (originally called Metro). I have been using a Lenovo Yoga laptop for a month and like it enough to report back on my impressions. I was in a cab yesterday with my wife, who works in the fashion industry, and she casually mentioned that Ron Johnson was out at JCP. I took my children to In-N-Out Burger for lunch today and before we left I wanted to wash my hands. Lunch was enjoyable, the staff was pleasant, and the overall experience was up to their usual standard but the one thing I really noticed was how much paper the automated dispenser gave me when I [. I woke up this morning and my Galaxy Tablet reminded me that I have some phone calls, an offsite meeting that will take approximately 20 minutes to drive to, and some interesting news as well as a weather report. “If you came into marketing because you didn’t like numbers, then you don’t have much of a future.