Hi! The open source Nmap Security Scanner Project (http://nmap.org) is all about exploring networks at massive scale, so we decided to scan the top million web sites (as ranked by the analytics company Alexa) and grab their site icons. These "favicons" are the small icons displayed next to site titles in browser bookmarks and tabs.
We scaled the icons in proportion to each site's reach and placed them in a giant collage. The smallest icons—for sites visited by only 0.00004% of the Internet population each month—are 256 pixels square (16x16). The largest icon (Google) is 394 million pixels. The whole collage is 5 gigapixels. We created a free online viewer with pan/zoom capability at http://nmap.org/favicon/. It includes a site search tool so you can find your favorite sites (or your own sites if you run any).
We performed a similar project in 2010. It was a big hit and found its way into museums and even the Guinness Book of World Records. Perhaps our most common request was for a physical poster to hang on a wall. Webmasters of sites shown on the poster were particularly interested. We actually did print 15 of them as gifts for Nmap developers, but for this 2013 edition we're making them available to everyone through this Kickstarter.
We have already created the poster layout and printed a few samples to demonstrate how they look:
Click on the picture for a larger version of the poster itself. If nothing else, this poster is a great lesson in humility. My web sites may seem big and important to me, but when placed in perspective of the whole Internet, I need a magnifying glass to show them to people on the poster.
Posters are 24x36 inches (roughly 61x91 cm) and will be offset printed on quality paper then rolled into a tube and shipped. This is one of the most popular poster sizes, so frames are easy to find. You can save money by buying two posters in one tube. For high volume orders (15+ posters), contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Kickstarter is the only planned print run, so now's your chance to order a poster if you want one!
Thanks for considering our Kickstarter! Even if you don't buy a poster, we hope you enjoy the online version of this project at http://nmap.org/favicon/!
Risks and challenges
All crowd funded campaigns have risks that backers must evaluate themselves, but we believe the risks of this campaign are minimal for several reasons:
1) We have already done the network scanning and artistic/layout work to create the posters and we've even done a successful test printing. We've also identified and received quotes from potential printing and fulfillment vendors so we know our prices are realistic.
2) We have a 16-year track record of fulfilling our obligations. Nmap was first released in September 1997 and is still going strong with millions of users. We also published a book (http://nmap.org/book/) which has sold more than 20,000 printed copies, so we have substantial printing and fulfillment experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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