browsers

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Old Men Browsers

I tried to make designs for some of the oldest browsers related to my other browser drawings :D

WorldWideWeb is the eldest among the browsers, he’s the founder of the office where the other browsers worked. He worked with professors and other researchers. He’s known for being quite scattered when working.

Mosaic was one of the browsers who popularized their working place. He’s quite open to tell users about the web. He’s the dude most of the browsers are related to. His IE’s uncle-mentor 

Netscape is one of Mosaic’s student who became much popular then him. He retired and IE took his place. He’s the mentor of Firefox and SeaMonkey.

((They don’t look really that old because browsers started in the 90’s so I can imagine them as uncle like stuff))

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Google Chrome - He’s always making small changes to his look, but somehow pulls it off every time. Everyone in the neighborhood knows his name. And he’s so cool, he hooks you up with free porn and doesn’t even tell a single person about it.

Finish reading If Web Browsers Were Your Family Members 

Your mom’s the one who doesn’t know what a web browser is.

Hacking Politics with Browser Extensions & Twitter Bots

Sixteen-year-old Nick Rubin created a browser extension that shows who’s funding US politicians. Called Greenhouse, the extension pulls data from OpenSecrets.org so that when reading a story you can mouse over politicians’ names to get a quick overview of what industries have donated to them. Additional data pulled from Reform.to shows if the politician supports campaign finance reform.

Over in the political satire corner of the Web, this Chrome Extension will play Entry of the Gladiators when an article about Toronto mayor Rob Ford loads in your browser. Entry of the Gladiators? You might know it better as the clown song that’s played at the circus. Sounds like this.

Meantime, two bots on Twitter are fighting the transparency fight.

One, @PhrmaEdits, tweets whenever anonymous edits to Wikipedia are made that can be traced back to a pharmaceutical’s IP address. The bot is based on @CongressEdits by Ed Summers, that does the same.

As Summers explains on his personal site, the idea behind @CongressEdits has gone international:

The simplicity of combining Wikipedia and Twitter in this way immediately struck me as a potentially useful transparency tool. So using my experience on a previous side project I quickly put together a short program that listens to all major language Wikipedias for anonymous edits from Congressional IP address ranges… and tweets them.

In less than 48 hours the @congressedits Twitter account had more than 3,000 followers. My friend Nick set up gccaedits for Canada using the same software … and @wikiAssemblee (France) and @RiksdagWikiEdit (Sweden) were quick to follow.

Image: Best Web Browser Extension by I Can Barely Draw. Select to embiggen.