You love t-shirts. I love t-shirts. We’re all geeks, and if there’s one thing that geeks love more than random Youtube vdeos, it’s t-shirts related to internet memes/awesome art/random life musings. It’s true! And that’s why this week’s web app of the week has nothing to do with software, making your life better, improving your ability to do offline activities on the web, or any of that usual freeware-related nonsense.
Nope. This week is all about your purse and/or wallet. And your general sense of fashion. There are a t-o-n ton of various sites on the Internet that you can use to purchase interesting and cool-looking duds at a relatively low price. That’s not the point here.
It's a lot harder to both find these sites and scan them all on a daily basis for new stuff to wear. And how can you be sure that what you’re buying is the best style choice for how you want to look? What if a better t-shirt exists, at a lower price, and you just didn’t realize it was out there? Waiting for you to pick it up!
Here we go, Web developers. I know we all hate the ritual process of testing the look and feel of a site in different resolutions. I, for one, get the foul taste of bile in my mouth whenever I have to consider designing a site for ya'all still trapped on 1024-by-768 displays. Ugh.
Of course, I'll be darned if I'm going to try and measure my browser window to make sure that I'm rendering everything at the correct size these lesser resolutions call for. Which is exactly why one of the first add-ons I go searching for when installing a new browser is the ol' "Make My Browser Whatever Size I Want Automatically" plugin. In Chrome's case, it's called Resolution Test.
A coalition of some of the biggest names in the OSS world have banded together to create Open Source for America, a brand-new advocacy group that's going to try and highlight the advantages of open-source software to help achieve the goals set out in President Barack Obama's push for an open-data government. But as we pause to "ooh" and "ahh" at the list of companies and open-source celebrities contributing to the new group--Novell, the Mozilla Foundation, the EFF, Tim O'Reilly, and Mark Shuttleworth, amongst many others--let us not forget the uphill battle that the concept of "openness" tends to face in the government sector.
I just can't find myself getting that excited over open-source software when we still have fundamental issues of transparency and openness in governmental data. There's a wealth of information out there that's free and easily accessible to the public. But that doesn't mean that legislators, agencies, and departments are going out of their way to make this information as useful as it could be. In fact, it was only as recently as two months ago that the U.S. Senate itself opened up its own voting records for third-party applications and mashups.
Click the jump and put on your safety helmet--we're going data diving!