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I recently switched to Mozilla and now Firebird. I've notice the cool icons in the address bar -- this page has a guy with a hat.

I've viewed the source and can't find any reference to the icon. How's it done?

Amos
Thursday, June 05, 2003

With a file called favicon.ico in the root of your site. It's a Windows Icon format file; there are utilities on the net to build them (search for favicon) or you can use Visual Studio.

Joel Spolsky
Thursday, June 05, 2003

Anybody recognize the guy?

Joel Spolsky
Thursday, June 05, 2003

Fuzzy hat guy? This must be a new icon because I've recently bookmarked forum threads and there was no guy before.

Is that an updated version of that guy windows came with... I forget the name of the app. Was it "At Your Service" or something?

It certainly doesn't look like humphrey bogart or the shadow.

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, June 05, 2003

hmmm. now that picture is beginning to look familiar.

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, June 05, 2003

Gotta be some newspaper guy in a fedora. Unfortunately I am pop culture challenged.

Mike Gunderloy
Thursday, June 05, 2003

I dunno... the image is very "iconic" if you forgive the accidental pun. It does seem somewhat familiar to me, either because that type of imagery it's so ingrained in our culture, or because the image itself is famous.

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, June 06, 2003

Am I missing something?  it's Joel, Right?

B#
Friday, June 06, 2003

Yep, I see it now!

Gotta go with Dick Tracey or Edward R. Murrow or Clarke Kent, oh, shit I don't know!

B#
Friday, June 06, 2003

J. Jonah Jamieson...  or that guy in the Doris Day movie about the writing class.  Forgot his name.

B#
Friday, June 06, 2003

The icon doesn't show up in my version of IE 6.0. Is this just a Mozilla thing?

Amos
Friday, June 06, 2003

Favicons work in IE 6. Try saving this thread in your favorites and look at the icon there.

Mike Gunderloy
Friday, June 06, 2003

Internet Explorer has a long-standing bug to do with the caching of Favourites icons. It often seems to reset them to the default icon.

John Topley (www.johntopley.com
Friday, June 06, 2003

The Shadow?

B#
Friday, June 06, 2003

no, you see too much of his face, and his nose is too small. And the coloring is all wring.

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, June 06, 2003

But other than that? <g>

B#
Friday, June 06, 2003

Well, other than that he is wearing a hat.

Oh, and he doesn't have a scarf either.

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, June 06, 2003

Frank Sanatra
John Dillinger
Elliot Ness???

B#
Friday, June 06, 2003

It might just show up if you load this in your browser:

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/favicon.ico

though it loaded in what looks like 256 colors in my IE.

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, June 06, 2003

People seem to have noticed that the guy looks strangely familiar without knowing who it is.

Here's a hint, he can be found in Chicago.

Joel Spolsky
Friday, June 06, 2003

Dick Tracy? (Chicago -> Richard Gere -> Dick Tracy)

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, June 06, 2003

Paul Weagraff as Amos? In the Musical Chicago

B#
Friday, June 06, 2003

I gotta go with MarkTaw on this one!  Shit <g>

B#
Friday, June 06, 2003

Elliott Ness, the Untouchable.

Now I made a favicon at one of those online thingies and put it in the root of my website, both local and online, and it doesn't show up in the address bar like all the really cool sites do, and I so want to be a really cool site. The icon does display in Windows Explorer, though.

What do I do now?

Amos
Friday, June 06, 2003

well, it should be named favicon.ico and you stick it in your web root folder.

And you can stick in a metatag in your web pages (look up the exact syntax) telling where it is.

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, June 06, 2003

Yep, named it favicon.ico. Put it in the same folder as my site home page. That's the root, right?

I found the meta tag scripting, but I want to be like Mike, er, Joel and just have it display without the meta tag.

Amos
Saturday, June 07, 2003

You may need to delete your IE history to see it, if you've visited that page before.

Mike Gunderloy
Saturday, June 07, 2003

OK, more hints since noone's getting it.

He's in the Chicago Art Institute.

Joel Spolsky
Saturday, June 07, 2003

The guy in Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks" ?

http://www.artic.edu/artaccess/AA_Modern/pages/MOD_7_lg.shtml

Greetings from old Europe,

Patrick

PS... and thanks for the hint :-)

Patrick Thomas
Saturday, June 07, 2003

Ok, there's my problem.  I thought the guy in that painting was Chief Wiggum but I guess that would be unpossible.

B#
Saturday, June 07, 2003

I like Elliott Ness better -- Fog Creek bringing law and order to the content management space.

Amos
Saturday, June 07, 2003

So he's not an actual person, he's the cover of a Louis Lamour* book?

I can't believe nobody else google'd it:

http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/window.html

* okay, not the cover of a louis lamour book per-se, but someone from a painting on the "wild west." Perhaps not even a real historical figure at all.

I'm gonna track down that "at your service" guy though and show you the similarities.

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, June 07, 2003

Thanks, Mike, clearing the History and the Cache in Firebird did the trick.

Check it out:  http://www.satterlee.com

Amos
Saturday, June 07, 2003

Patrick got it! :)

It's from the famous painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, which hangs in the Chigago Institute of Art.

Joel Spolsky
Saturday, June 07, 2003

Ok Joel,  now that we've cleared that up, where did you get the name Fog Creek?

Hey, I took a shot!

B#
Saturday, June 07, 2003

it's amazing how different that icon & the painting are. And where are marilyn monroe and james dean? (j/k)

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, June 07, 2003

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