"picons" is short for
icons". They're small, constrained images used to
represent users and domains on the net, organized into databases so
that the appropriate image for a given e-mail address can be found.
Besides users and domains, there are picons databases for Usenet
newsgroups and weather forecasts. The picons are in either or both
monochrome XBM and color XPM formats, plus a GIF format.
These databases have been compiled in hopes of helping make
cyberspace a more personable place. With them, software and services
can be developed to identify persons on the net by face (or, at least,
by institution logo) instead of by a cryptic e-mail address. Although
this software is still more potential than actual, much already exists
(see below). The
picons databases themselves, of course,
are only a first step toward this goal.
|Random Sample Picons|
Click on a picon for a different random one, or on the arrow links
beneath to navigate your
piconsdatabases. See the
READMEfile in here for version and content information.
piconsapplication scripts (
apps) and icon utilities (
bits). Note that these supersede older versions in the regular
facessource distribution (in the
X-Facemail header entries, and archives for the faces/picons mailing list.
piconsdatabases as Debian packages, though not as current.