Neopets and MySpace gave me the space. Learning how to edit HTML/CSS to look exactly how I wanted was extremely cool, and valued by others. When I went to college, I majored in Computer Science 'cause I wanted make useful things out of letters and numbers (and I had seen pictures of Google's office in Zurich).
The slow, painful death of ugly software with bad UX.
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