Chris's Annotated Set of Links
This is what my hotlist aspires to be but
would be useful as; an annotated selection of things I find that I want
to tell other people about and persuade them to go take a look at. I've
tried to resist the temptation to make this a large list of things that
I like; I'm trying to keep it down to a small list of things that stun
me enough that I press them on random semi-strangers and babble a lot.
Things on the World-Wide Web
- Prabhakar Ragde's home page
From this page you can see an amazing illustration of what can be
done on the web without strange formatting, without graphics, without
blinking lights and Java. It is one of the best web areas I've ever
gone through and, unlike many, it makes a clever and apropos use of
hyperlinks. To enter into this, you should go find out what his one
- Why the Web sucks
This is C J
Silverio's discussion of why so much of the World-Wide Web pages out
there are bland, boring, and bad. I think everyone writing WWW pages
should read it and think carefully about the issues she discusses; your
pages will be better for it (I know mine are). She's also got several
useful links to more food for thought.
- Uncle Jimbo's Story Hour
A collection of hysterically funny stories written by, well,
They're short and they're all at least funny, and poking around
Ducky's home page will
also give you lots of food for thought (I particularly like her
Being Female in the Engineering Workplace ).
- The Universe of Discourse
Stuffed full of text and excellent uses of the Web, this is almost a
mandatory link (and thus something I'd leave out), but every time I look
at it I find something new and interesting; I just hope that Mark-Jason
Dominus never disappears, taking it with him. In this pass, I spotted
his list of interesting other places to visit (down at the bottom).
Unfortunately this seems to have turned into mostly a collection of
Perl information; the old Universe is either hiding or gone.
Things available by FTP
- A long-running (1 megabyte) and very well written piece of
written by Mary Kuhner (currently reachable at
There is also an
done by Dave Flowers of Caltech; you probably want to read that instead.
- Tom Duff's rc paper
- A paper describing Plan 9's rc shell, why it was written, and why
he did things differently than the Bourne shell.
- Builder is a program for doing off-MUD building of areas on Tiny-style
MUDs, so you can edit things easily, break up big areas into manageable
chunks, and potentially even move areas from MUD to MUD easily. Oh, and of
course you have an off-MUD backup in case something goes wrong with it.
- Tcltt is my MUD client, a programmable single-MUD thing for Unix.
When it came out, it was one of the first programmable clients (using
TCL), but by now it's sort of old and lacking a lot of the features
people want. I still use it, though. Someday I'll upgrade it to use
a current version of TCL.
Your tastes will differ from mine (if they don't, let me know; I'd
like to talk to you).
I still don't have any tools to automatically verify if URLs still
exist or are correct (if you find any,
send me mail
telling me about it), so it's quite possible that some of these
links have slipped out of date. If you find one, drop me a note.
Chris Siebenmann, last update
January 2nd, 1998 (previously November 15th 1994)