On the 2nd August we lost our friend Seb Patrick. Please allow us a period of radio silence as we come to terms with what's happened. Goodbye, Seb, we'll miss you.

We're raising funds in his memory to help his family in any way we can. If you're able to spare anything, it would be greatly appreciated.

An article about this? Better late than never. Robert’s been a busy boy. As the press release goes, it features “100% new material”, including:

  • “latest Red Dwarf movie news”
  • “latest Scrapheap Challenge series 7 news”
  • “Blue Helmet now with 2 new chapters”
  • “10 new movies on all new llew.TV”
  • “brand new message board”
  • “major biography section with new, never seen before pics”

All of which sounds great; and feedback on it has been universally positive. So why am I unconvinced? Well, for a start – I just don’t like Flash sites. I don’t like the feel of them – and I don’t particuarly like the philosophy behind the format; I believe web formats should be in the hands of a non-profit-making organisation such as this, and not a commercial company. They’re also not particuarly accessible to certain groups of people. But it’s not just that; they also seem to encourage bad web design.

A very obvious example of this occurs with the absolutely fantastic idea of (eventually) putting the entire text of The Man in the Rubber Mask online. This is such a great thing – but when you actually get round to reading it (in a visual browser), the text takes up… ooh, 20% of the screen? Perhaps less? Compare this to the article you’re reading now. A really good example of bad web design. It’s very annoying to read.

There are other examples; I don’t want to have to wait for a page to fade in and out before reading it, for a start. And it’s very, very irritating not being able to link to specific parts of the site. But you’ve heard enough. Content-wise – great. Really great. (I particuarly enjoy the way Robert writes, as well – very enthusiastic.) But I really can’t be arsed with how the site itself works; therefore I probably won’t be spending much time there. A shame.

Still, loads of other people love it, so what do I know?

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