10 January 2008

Command Shift 3

CommandShift3 is where websites do battle!
Take your best screenSHOT and come on down to the battlefield!

The site you entered is preparing for battle!
We're calling up our crack team of screenshooting specialists in Afghanistan to take a screenshot of your site. Once they capture, resize and upload it, it will be ready for people to rate!

On CommandShift3, you are presented with the screenshots of two websites side by side. If you click the screenshot of the site you think looks best, the page reloads and you start all over again. It never ends.

The best & worst page is where we add up all those clicks and display the winners and losers. You can also browse winners by tag, and by month or week. You can also see the worst ever.

Did you not mean: Command & Conquer?

The command symbol of CommandShift3 was introduced by Apple icon artist Susan Kare for the original Macintosh in 1984. The cloverleaf-like symbol is commonly used in Scandinavia as an indicator of cultural locations and places of interest. This symbol, known as Saint John's Arms and sometimes referred to as Saint Hannes cross, dates back to pre-Christian times.

CommandShift3 is set in Arial, a typeface designed in 1982 by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders for Monotype Typography. The text is set in Black #000000 and Blue #3399FF. Command Shift 3 is printed with archival pixels on acid-free screens that are free of fiber from ancient forests. The logo was created from the base forms of the command and shift symbol, with the 3 coming from the Futura font.

Screenshots are captured at a browser size of 980 pixels wide by 735 pixels high using WebKit, Apple's Safari rendering engine. The site is hosted on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). It runs Fedora Linux, PHP, MySQL, Apache, and Memcached. We are evaluating the use of Amazon's Mechanical Turk to outsource all design, product, and other creative decisions related to the site, thereby putting the entirety of our operation entirely in Jeff Bezos's gentle hands.

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