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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. I have been watching with curiosity the battle of words between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the NYTimes. On balance I think Musk miscalculated and has come out on the losing side of the bigger issue he is confronting… complexity. Like a lot of people I depend on Office to do my job. I have tried a range of personal productivity applications and nothing comes close to Office in terms of depth of features and overall completeness of the product. I was talking with team members on our sales team yesterday, considerably younger than I am but at that point in life where they are increasingly self-aware and conscious of the world around them. A few months ago I read the Civil War novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. A non-fiction work, this is a historical account of the battle of Gettysburg that is written in the style of a novel where characters develop and intimacy, flaws, and achievement are revealed as the novel progresses.