Pokki is a freeware Start menu replacement program, previously available for Windows XP and 7. The developers recently added Windows 8 functionality, allowing users of that O/S to bring the Start menu back and avoid the goofy new user interface completely.
The Verge has a nice writeup on the new Windows 8 features in Pokki.
Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site. View all posts by jrivett | Website