Shockwave is a ubiquitous player / viewer program that allows you to see what they call "rich" media content, which usually means annoying animated advertising running on a page you're looking at. Crashing is a common problem, and there are lotsa recommended fixes available online. Just Google "shockwave crashing". If you're running Chrome as your browser, it has its own internal version of Shockwave, and the two versions may be having a conflict, causing the one that's running to crash. You can uninstall the extra one, which is said to correct the problem in Chrome. Since I loaded ad-block plus on to my Chrome browser, I no longer get most of the idiot advertising, and have no more issues with the ol' flash crash. taskeng.exe is a legitimate task-scheduler sub-program in Windows7 and 8, but apparently there's a virus version running around too. Info here... http://www.file.net/process/taskeng.exe.html
They've already released a massive 1GB patch on day one to fix bugs that weren't caught earlier in development. SOP for getting to market on a deadline, ready-or-not. http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/microsoft-delivers-a-massive-windows-10-patch-to-fix-early-bugs-1300594
My bad. I have the stocker on the shelves...thought I had a custom too, and had compared. The custom version box art does indeed appear to be somewhat lowered. Still, to lower either of them more is straightforward.
When these work, they're great, but they can be finicky. If it's brand new, and the liquid cement you have is in a container that's deeper than the needle, don't cover the end of the tube. Just let capillary action fill it to the level of the fluid in the cement container. It may take a few minutes. Some of these came with a little plastic squeeze-bottle with a fatter needle that will fit in the open end of the glass tube. Squeeze the air out of the bottle, put the tip of the needle in the tube (with the smaller needle of the tube immersed in your liquid cement) and release the pressure on the squeeze bottle. As it re-inflates, it should draw cement up into the tube. The tips can get clogged very easily, as dissolved plastic may wick up into the needle as you use it. To keep the needle clear, you really need to keep the needle immersed in cement all the time. That also poses a spill hazard, and allows your cement to evaporate quickly. I made a special top for my cement bottle that seals against the glass tube when not in use, and put the whole thing in a larger container to avoid knocking it over. If the needle DOES become clogged, it's usually close to the tip. Scoring it 1/8 or 1/4 inch back from the tip with a hard, sharp blade and snapping it off clean is the only way I've ever found to clear a needle. If you fill the glass tube too high, it can also tend to drip cement on places you don't want it. Experimentation is key. As I said, when these work properly, they're great...BUT, because they can be a real PITA, I've pretty well phased mine out with very fine insulin syringes. A friend of mine is diabetic, so I get them free, only used once.
Rob, as you say, it's just a different mindset and probably has a lot to do with what you've been exposed to during your life. Railroad modelers have been building exquisite brass locomotives and rolling stock since the early days of the hobby. I first encountered these when I was a small boy, and was simply awestruck by the craftsmanship, which can be almost unbelievable. Many RR brass models get painted and used, but there's another segment of the hobby that keeps them in brass to show off the work. These may be scratch-built by individuals, or series-produced, usually in the far east. Vintage Japanese and Korean brass RR models can be breathtaking. I would suspect Pete's work shown above is intended to be left in metal, to show off his craftsmanship...quite understandable.