Ugly pages and good works

Ugly pages
We've all seen things we'd rather not see. Among these visual atrocities must be numbered the countless Web pages designed by people who mean well, but just don't get it. Flashing icons, multiple coloured fonts, garish backgrounds and other eyesores are testaments to the horrors of a medium which requires no minimum skill level for participation.Vincent Flanders's Web Pages That Suck is an amusing guide to these basic mistakes and how to avoid them. Although it promotes a book of the same name, it nevertheless provides examples and useful free tips for avoiding common Web design disasters. For your edification and amusement, the Daily Sucker provides links to the latest in dodgy design.

Good works
Started in 1971, Project Gutenberg aims to make as much of the world's literature as possible available over the Internet for free. Books, plays and other material in the public domain are made available in a plain text format that can be read by almost any computer. Because of copyright laws, most of the books available are those which were published before around 1920 - however, the site is a vast treasurehouse of classics ranging from Shakespeare's plays to Darwin's Origin of Species.For shame
If you've ever used a computer, chances are that at some point you have experienced the frustration of programs that seem to go out of their way to irritate you. Meaningless error messages, inconsistent controls, bad graphics and needlessly complicated procedures can turn a minor task into a hair-tearing nightmare.The Interface Hall of Shame commemorates the worst blunders in the field of user-unfriendliness with screenshots and detailed explanations of just what's wrong. You can visit this site for the vicarious revenge that comes from seeing your favourite "features" get the recognition they deserve, and if you're a programmer, you can get a few tips on things to avoid.

Not Slashdot
Kuro5hin is a community site for computer enthusiasts based on a similar principle to that of Slashdot, but with a distinctly different flavour. Unlike most such sites (see the Editor's Choice box), it is not based on Slashcode but on original code called Scoop, which does some things differently.With its emphasis on discussion, rather than on breaking news, Kuro5hin allows a far greater degree of user participation than others. In fact, it pretty much runs itself, with featured articles selected by the votes of registered users in general, rather than a team of editors.

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